Jack White (John “Jack” Anthony Gillis) was born in 1975 in Detroit in a big Catholic family. John’s parents tried to bring him up as a religious Catholic so he could become a priest. However, Gillis had other plans. He became interested in blues and rock. One day, the boy climbed to the attic and found a drum set, which seemed to have belonged to one of his older brothers. John learned to play it. Eventually, he refused to attend a seminary and studied in a regular high school. While studying, Gillis played drums and trombone in the school band.
After graduating from high school, he became an apprentice in the furniture upholstery shop. The owner enjoyed punk rock and offered Jack to create a band. They called it The Upholsterers and recorded an album, Makers of High Grade Suites, which didn’t manage to become successful. Three years later, Jack started his own upholstery business; however, he never enjoyed the work. In 1994, he joined a Detroit group Goober & the Peas as a percussionist.
In 1996, Jack married his long time love Meg White, whom he met while still in high school. John adopted his wife’s last name. In 1997, Meg learned how to play the drums. She had obvious talent. The couple decided to form a duo called, The White Stripes.