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Jack White Honored, Speaks at Irish University

I don't know who books for the Universal Philosophical Society at Ireland's Trinity College, but they've made some pretty interesting choices. Earlier this year, they invited noted scholar Pete Doherty, and Pitchfork reports that just last night, Jack "Of All Trades" White received an honorary patronage from the group. The story goes on to state that the topic of the night was "authenticity," and that White waxed philosophic on how wrong our concept of realness in music might be:


"I don't know if Bob Dylan and Tom Waits are as authentic as I think they are. Perhaps they're not...Sometimes you start thinking that maybe Britney Spears or someone like that who's doing exactly what they want to do in the way that they best know how, is more authentic than any of those people you could mention."


The White Stripes/Raconteurs artist is reportedly at work on an album with latest project, Dead Weather.  [Pitchfork]

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does anyone even know what "authenticity" means?

it's like the new "ironic."

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Oh, honestly, I can't believe how often the press takes Jack White's little tongue-in-cheek comments seriously. The man adores Bob Dylan, and has for years. As for Britney - well, I don't recall if he said anything about her specifically, but he has previously discussed this phenomenon of the pop princesses who are mostly famous just for being famous. It does not appear to be something that he actually considers to be authentic. Jack White loves to joke, and he has a wry and often bizarre sense of humor, which the media often just does not get. Only when he does something really obvious -- like his spoof at TIFF of Kanye West's VMA show blunder -- that the press sits up and goes "Wow - Jack White has a sense of humor -- who woulda thunk??" Yeah, he's got a wicked sense of humor, it might help to keep that in mind when reporting on some of his more bizarre remarks like this one. (It's also taken out of context, of course. If he was talking about philosophy, then his point might have had more to do with the limits of knowledge -- how we might not actually know with certainty all the things we presume to know.) He's a very smart man, and I only wish that more reporters would catch on to that fact. Then we might get some deeper and more interesting interviews with him.


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