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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (27 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879308052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879308056
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Format: Paperback
As i love the white stripes i bought this. They are the best band of my time (in my view) (i'm 17). Yes so i bought this book and it is brilliant.
It be structurally perfect leading you through the story of jack and meg from birth to the pains of fame (And MTV), giving you lots of small bits of unimportant but tantalising information about the pair along the way that white stripes obsessives will dribble all
Another wonderful thing, is the fact that the book brings in all types of White Stripes mythology and theories to hidden meanings behind their colours and whatnot that will have never crossed your mind before. Unless of course your either very clued up on alchemy or mad. You'll get what i mean about alchemy if you read it.
Yet mor treats lie in store because there some very early and very cool rare pictures of jack and meg before even the white stripes had begun. Jack in that case as meg wasnt in the picture then. HA picture. sorry its late.
Well there you go structure, gossip, alchemy and cool pictures. Come on what more do you want. Def must for any fan.
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Format: Paperback
This book has some previously unseen photos (by me anyway) but the text was nothing new,there are better books about the white stripes
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for fans by a fan... 12 Jun. 2004
By S. Pemberton - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book right through in a handful of hours over a two night span. This is the second book about the White Stripes I've read and I enjoyed this book immensely. Being from a suburb of Windsor, right across from Detroit all my life one would think I'd have a clear understanding of the music there and how being from Detroit impacts local artists. After reading Sweethearts of the Blues, I realized that I should have, could have and would have to delve more deeply into the music that impacted Jack and Meg White. I was quite surprised to find myself learning even more about the big city I can see from my window...
The book is a heartfelt tribute to the band, especially to Jack and a very entertaining read. I'm in my 30s with four children that all love the White Stripes and this is on my teen's "to-read" list also. The author approached her subject with warmth and heart and put many pieces of the Stripes puzzle together in a fast-paced joyful manner.
There is a strong coherent understanding of the power of the White Stripes' magic in this book. The undercurrent of appreciation for Jack and Meg shines through and it is a respectful, happy read.
It's a must for the Stripes' collectors and those who have a soft spot for Jack and Meg's work.
I recommend this book most especially to fans who have just been turned on the the White Stripes and want to know more.
My thanks to Ms. Sullivan for putting together a book that reveals a love for the music and the magic of Jack and Meg.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great rock biography 15 Aug. 2005
By W. Forbes - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I didn't know much about the White Stripes and wanted to know more (including, to some extent, what the big deal is). I got a lot more than I was looking for, and am very glad I read it. In addition to the expected details of their biography, I had the unexpected pleasure of discovering our shared love of their influences. I have to say that understanding the links to their predecessors really helped me develop a lot more respect and understanding for the White Stripes. The book also provides an intimate history of Meg and Jack as well and the "scene" they matured in. Unlike many rock biographies, this book doesn't feel like an attempt to cash in on a band's popularity or shore up their celebrity mythology. Instead it is an honest analysis of individuals and their music by someone who clearly loves them - but is still capable of being objective when necessary.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Who is this book about? 12 April 2005
By Little Miss Library - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love the White Stripes. I hated this book. I gave it two stars simply because it about the White Stripes and has a few cute pictures of Meg. This entire book reads like someone you know trying to show off about how much she knows about the music industry. After about page 50, you just want to scream, "I get it already! You know a lot about music. Please talk about the White Stripes now!" I got the feeling that the author didn't care about the band so much as just showing off her knowledge to a large audience. This is perfectly illustrated on page 85 when she is talking about the liner notes on De Stijl and closes a paragraph with the sentence, "I could elaborate, but I won't." It is the equivalent of a kid on the playground running around yelling, "I've got a secret," and refusing to tell anyone. The entire book seems like it was written because Sullivan wanted attention and for others to envy her knowledge of the Detroit music scene. The White Stripes seem to have little to do with it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black and White and Read It Again and Again 13 Jun. 2004
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The first time I heard The White Stripes, alone in my car, I said aloud to no one, "Well. Where did that come from?" And now, thanks to Denise Sullivan's great, fun, reverent read, we know. Part documentary, part love letter, part Memo To All Music Fans, "Sweethearts of The Blues" is a meticulously researched delight for those of us scrounging for actual roots in today's fallow musical field of all things derivative. Loaded with anecdotes and starry-eyed peer praise, everyone from White's fifth grade pals to Ben Swank to Holly Golightly checks in, creating an intimate mix of recollection, speculation and appropriate adulation. A dissertation-worthy analysis of Dylan's influence on The White Stripes is a must-ponder for anyone who wants to walk their White Stripes talk at cocktail parties. Sullivan separates fact from lore, and adds fascinating historical perspective, but leaves room for theories of alchemy and magic. I have given this book as a gift twice, and received gushing thanks from both parties. Chock-full of candid photos,"Sweethearts" makes a once-discovered-hard-to-put-down addition to any coffee table, and confirms the consensus, "The White Stripes are about the music...and the story-telling." And so is this book.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detroit Rock City 12 Jun. 2004
By Lisa Gee - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a native Detroiter, now living in Los Angeles, I was happy to stumble upon this great book about the White Stripes. Though I've never been a fan of the duo myself, as a Detroiter I felt I needed to understand what it was about them that everyone was so hyped up about. I'm usually very "Go Team" about any music that comes out of my fair city, but was never able to fall in love with them the way I was with Seger, Nugent and - to a degree - Eminem. So I went out and bought two CDs and this book. I must say that this book did more to endear them to me than their CDs did. It was informative, well-written and easy to follow. Buy this book, it's a good read. If you're a fan, you'll learn a lot that you didn't know. And if you're a casual observer as I was, it's a great introduction to this colorful act. I can only hope that Denise Sullivan will soon pen a book about Detroit's other favorite son - Kid Rock!
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