White Stripes Drummer Meg White Marries In Jack White’s Backyard
Talk about your friendly exes — not only do Jack and Meg White play amicably in the White Stripes, but frontman Jack opened up his Nashville home on Friday (May 22) to his ex-wife, Meg, 34, so that she could wed Jackson Smith. Smith, son of famed punk godmother Patti Smith and late MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith, is a rock guitarist who has performed with his mother and in the Detroit band Back in Spades.
According to an announcement on the White Stripes’ Web site, White and Smith were married as part of a double ceremony that also celebrated the union of another of Jack’s bandmates, the Dead Weather/Raconteurs bassist “Little” Jack Lawrence, who married his girlfriend, Jo McCaughey.
The couples were married in the backyard of White’s Nashville home in front of “a small party of close friends and relatives.” Though calls to a spokesperson for the Stripes were not returned at press time, the officiant appears to have been Benjamin “Swank” Smith, former drummer for the Ohio band the Soledad Brothers, whose self-titled debut was engineered by Jack White (Swank’s former roommate) and featured percussion from Meg.
Jack White, born John Anthony Gillis, took new wife Meg’s last name when the two were married in September 1996. Though they divorced less than four years later, the pair have worked together as a musical couple since the White Stripes’ 1999 self-titled debut. In keeping with White’s many musical and personal eccentricities, at one point early in their career, he told reporters that he and Meg were not in fact divorced, but were brother and sister.