“He ashed his cigarette on the table. I was shocked”: Brendan Benson on meeting Jack White for the first time

The musician described the incident in the trailer for Striped, an upcoming podcast detailing The White Stripes’ history.

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Raconteurs’ member Brendan Benson described his first encounter with Jack White in the trailer for the upcoming podcast Striped.

Benson recalls: “We were standing in a room and I was showing him all my stuff, you know, I was kind of showing off all my crap – guitars and amps. He was smoking a cigarette and he looked around – for an ashtray, I guess, now – but he didn’t find one, so he kind of ashed on the table. I was just like… shocked.”

Benson and White would go on to form The Raconteurs in 2005, after writing the song Steady As She Goes together.

The podcast is a collaboration between Third Man Records and Misfire Media, and season one will detail the early history of the White Stripes in conjunction with the 20th anniversary celebrations of their debut album. Its host is music journalist Sean Cannon.

Striped Season One will debut on 8 October via Apple Podcasts. For more music news, click here.

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