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World Cafe Looks Back: Jack White | January 2, 2012

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Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

This session of World Cafe is a celebration of all things Jack White. With many successful bands, an impressive list of production achievements and an endless string of awards, White is a force to be reckoned with. Born and raised in Detroit, he'd originally planned to join the clergy, but soon was enticed by classical music, blues, punk and '60s rock. He formed The White Stripes with Meg White in 1997, but the duo disbanded in 2011 after six studio albums. Since then, White has turned his attention to producing under his Third Man label, including a Grammy-winning record by Loretta Lynn and rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson's career-reviving The Party Ain't Over.

On today's show, host David Dye showcases the prolific musician's work by revisiting three extraordinary World Cafe sessions. The first is The White Stripes' 2003 visit around the release of Elephant. Next, hear Loretta Lynn discuss her experience with White, who produced her 2004 album Van Lear Rose. Finally, White's band The Raconteurs visited World Cafe in 2006 to share its razor-sharp guitar work and manic power-pop melodies.(link)


Hour 1

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U2 "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" Achtung Baby
Jack White "Lord Send Me An Angel" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jack White "I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jack White "The Big Three Killed My Baby" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Warpaint "Composure" The Fool))

Loretta Lynn "Van Lear Rose" Van Lear Rose
Loretta Lynn "Women's Prison" Van Lear Rose
Loretta Lynn "Portland Oregon" Van Lear Rose

((Alberta Cross "City Walls" Broken Side of Time))

The Raconteurs "Steady As She Goes" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Raconteurs "Level" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

Hour 2

John Prine "It's A Big Old Goofy World" The Missing Years
Richard Thompson "1952 Vincent Black Light" Rumour And Sigh
Richard Thompson "I Feel So Good" Rumour And Sigh
Chris Whitley "Living With The Law" Living With The Law
Matthew Sweet "Divine Intervention" Girlfriend

((Meg Baird "Share" Seasons On Earth))

Tori Amos "Silent All These Years" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
REM "Radio Song" Out Of Time
Massive Attack "Safe from Harm" Blue Lines

((Phosphorescent "Los Angeles" Here's To Taking it Easy))

Oh! Pears "Under the Olive Trees" Recorded Live for The Key Studio Sessions
Oh! Pears "The Sounding of the Earth" The Sounding of the Earth
Kristy MacColl "Walking Down Madison" Electric Landlady

((The Budos Band "Up From The South" The Budos Band))