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“White Stripes” win Grammys; can’t snag Guinness record

September 19, 2009

white-stripes(Reporting and writing by Jennifer Kwan)

Rock duo “The White Stripes” may have five Grammy Awards under their black, red, or white belts, but they can’t seem to garner the attention of the Guinness world records.

In the opening scene of a new documentary titled “The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights,” which premiered at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival, the pair play a free concert in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in which they strum only one note.

The scene, aptly named the “one note show,” kicks off the film about their 2007 tour that played in every Canadian province and territory and features free, impromptu, daytime shows at venues that included a bowling alley, a boat and a city bus.

“It really emphasizes how things were unplanned while we were on tour. Also, things were planned that had nothing to do with the film that Emmett would just happen to capture,” said Jack White during a press conference along with director Emmett Malloy.

“The idea at that moment was, if we don’t make it to the concert tonight we can’t say we hadn’t played in every province and territory in Canada. That one note made it official.”

White said around 1,200 people attended the show even though they were told the gig would only consist of one note.

But the notion wasn’t strong enough to make history as a record-breaking achievement. “The Guinness book of world records has refused this entry as the shortest concert of all time citing it’s not interesting enough,” said White.

And in case you may be wondering what that famous one note was,  White divulged the secret. It was an “e.”

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