Jack White has accused The Black Keys Dan Auerbach of stealing his music, sound, tone, etc. White has been pretty vocal about it too…
“There are kids at school who dress like everybody else … and there are musicians like that, too, I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s The Black Keys.” – Jack White
Auerbach even made his way into Jack White & ex-wife Karen Elson’s divorce drama. White was angry that Elson wanted to enroll their children in the same Nashville school that the kids of Auerbach attend. Here’s a quote from his 2014 e-mail to Elson about his concerns…
“My concern with Auerbach is because I don’t want the kids involved in any of that crap, You aren’t thinking ahead. That’s a possible twelve fucking years I’m going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that asshole with other people trying to lump us in together. He gets yet another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world.”
The drama has since passed until now. I recently noticed that Auerbach is making an appearance on the History Channel show American Pickers 2 years after White himself was on the show. Is this another case of Auerbach copying White???
American Pickers January 9, 2012 – Season 4 – Episode “The Elephant in The Room“
American Pickers May 6, 2015 – Season 8 – Episode “Red Barn, Black Keys“
I’m a fan of American Pickers and I’m kind of a fan of these Rock N’ Roll rivalries as well. Let’s mix it up fellas!!!