Books by Bob
It's always good to catch up on some of the classic albums of the pop-rock era, but these albums will be especially good companions during the coronavirus crisis. We'll put up a new classic album each week, reaching into different musical genres and picked from different eras.
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
The duo's Jack White has always loved being mysterious about his personal history, even introducing his drummer Meg White as his sister, though she was really his ex-wife. So White would probably be delighted if someone started spreading the world that he was with Robert Johnson at the mythical crossroads when the legendary bluesman made a pack with the devil to gain superhuman musical powers. By the time this album was released, White - as a singer, songwriter and guitarist - was already so thrilling that one might have thought there might be something to that crossroads scenario. How else do you explain someone whose fearless independence and explosive artistry placed him in a great rock and blues tradition that stretched all the way back to Elvis, Johnny Cash and Sun Records roster Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters at Chess Records?