Jack White Fuming Over Guinness World Records Snub

Jack White is still annoyed with Guinness World Record bosses after they denied his attempt at staging the shortest concert.

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Rocker Jack White is still annoyed with Guinness World Record bosses after they denied his attempt at staging the shortest concert, calling the company an "elitist organisation".

The 36 year old and his former The White Stripes bandmate and ex-wife Meg White attempted to make history by performing one note - a clash of the cymbal - during a tour stop in Newfoundland, Canada, but the rocker reveals the pair's record bid was shut down by officials at Guinness, and White is convinced they simply didn't want the duo in their famous annual.

He tells Interview magazine, "We'd done this whole tour of Canada, where we played in every province, and almost every day we would do a free show. I would decide each morning what kind of show we would do... So when we were in Newfoundland, the idea that I came up with at breakfast was, 'Let's play one note today...'

"I told Meg as we were getting out of the car. I said, 'Make sure you grab your cymbal (and) when you hit the cymbal, grab it so that the note only lasts a millisecond.' I was thinking that afterwards we could contact the Guinness World Records people and see if we could get the record for shortest concert of all time. So we did it, but ultimately they turned us down.

"The thing is, though, that the Guinness book is a very elitist organisation. There's nothing scientific about what they do. They just have an office full of people who decide what a record is and what isn't... Most of the records in there - who has the biggest collection of salt-and-pepper shakers or whatever - are just whatever they want them to be. So with something like the shortest concert of all time, they didn't think whatever we did was interesting enough to make it a record.

"I don't know why they get to decide that, but, you know, they own the book."

Thanks for the report to ContactMusic.com.

92 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Maiden95
    Sorry Jack, I think Axl's got you beat. That is if not coming out at all still counts.
    UGtom
    In defence of the Guinness organisation, every single record attempt needs an official present to verify the record. I'm sure they wouldn't have a problem if they were told in advance.
    crazyhorse174
    "I don't know why they get to decide that, but, you know, they own the book." Didnt you just answer your own question, Mr White?
    Maestro1600
    daftmuseecboi wrote: meanwhile in Somalia, children are straving to death
    Well then why are you wasting your precious time posting on an inconsequential guitar website when you could be organising fund-raisers?
    link no1
    Make sure you grab your cymbal (and) when you hit the cymbal, grab it so that the note only lasts a millisecond
    Can she even do that?
    cbabb7
    I feel oddly annoyed at Jack White for doin this for some reason.
    Roxxie Roxx
    I'd like to point out having a record for the least of something doesn't really work. I mean anyone can do one of something. Its when you collect the most of something or perform the longest or run the fastest. Imagine if they had record for the slowest runner.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Crofty89 wrote: Wait, so he just decided one morning that their show on this stop of the tour would be one note on the drums? So people paid and turned up expecting a full White Stripes show and got one cymbal? Massive dick move there.
    If you read the article, it said that they'd do free shows, and this was one of those free shows. Is he still a dick for having peoples hopes up? Yes. But at least they didn't pay for it.
    Mellowtonin
    He doesn't seem to be "fuming" at all hardly. Annoyed maybe. But he's being pretty reasonable about it I think. He's right, they own the book, whatever.
    bulusvanua
    "So with something like the shortest concert of all time, they didn't think whatever we did was interesting enough to make it a record." Y'know, neither do I.
    Popporoo
    Actually you can get a record for doing shortest something. Napalm Death's song You Suffer is in the Guinness book for being the shortest song ever recorded.
    TextOnTheScreen
    1. This is not fuming, this is annoyance. 2. The event was important to White Stripes fans. It was fun, quirky, and interesting. 3. He has just as much right to get in for that as Napalm Death did for "You Suffer." His point about the organization being elitist is very valid. I admit, this is dumb. But so is a book of world records that includes things like worlds largest collection of black Santa memorabilia. If my dumb thing didn't get in the book just because someone said "nah not interesting," I would be pissed, too.
    Maestro1600
    fastlanestoner wrote: hey, genius. a cymbal crash isn't a concert. what a joke
    Hey, Genius, how many notes need to be played before it becomes a concert? What's the official limit?
    jannick
    Maestro1600 wrote: fastlanestoner wrote: hey, genius. a cymbal crash isn't a concert. what a joke Hey, Genius, how many notes need to be played before it becomes a concert? What's the official limit?
    5
    Eifler121
    UGtom wrote: In defence of the Guinness organisation, every single record attempt needs an official present to verify the record. I'm sure they wouldn't have a problem if they were told in advance.
    They always have some stupid rule to add to any attempt at a world record. If you lick your lips for the doughnut eating record, you lose. Every record in there has something tacked on. Some growth records don't allow genetic disorders while others do. I thought it was a funny thing for him to do, and it was a free show. If you've seen the Northern Lights DVD, they show it. It was a free, spontaneous little show that they did for fun, not a scheduled show that thousands of people paid for. It's not quite as pretentious as some of you guys are acting like.
    Anthony1991
    To the first reply: It's own DVD. Specifically the Under Great White Northern lights dvd. Therefore there's video, audio, and physical proof of it occurring. And the whole tour of Canada was very important to Jack, so I can see why he's taken this stance (all be it out of character).
    slapsymcdougal
    Maybe he could get in if he changed the record he was going for from "shortest concert ever" to "gayest attempt to get into the Guinness Book of Records ever".
    wicked_hobbit
    fastlanestoner wrote: hey, genius. a cymbal crash isn't a concert. what a joke
    It WAS a joke. Jack did announce that it was gonna be a One-Note Show. People came anyway and they thought it was hilarious.
    .:!j.man!:.
    Its not exactly a record anyones going to be able to beat! whats the point of it! Shame on you UG for making him sound like an arse. but thats what you seem to do with everyone.
    Maestro1600
    gkex wrote: Maestro1600 wrote: fastlanestoner wrote: hey, genius. a cymbal crash isn't a concert. what a joke Hey, Genius, how many notes need to be played before it becomes a concert? What's the official limit? One song is the normal lower limit, genius.
    Ok, how many notes make a song? What's the official limit?
    OxMxGxTACOS
    Maiden95 wrote: Sorry Jack, I think Axl's got you beat. That is if not coming out at all still counts.
    ^This
    Aralingh
    If any of you believe that Guinness organisation still has any credibility. I would very much suggest you observe the latest "longest guitar solo" record.
    captainperoxide
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: Crofty89 wrote: Wait, so he just decided one morning that their show on this stop of the tour would be one note on the drums? So people paid and turned up expecting a full White Stripes show and got one cymbal? Massive dick move there. If you read the article, it said that they'd do free shows, and this was one of those free shows. Is he still a dick for having peoples hopes up? Yes. But at least they didn't pay for it.
    IIRC they were going to play this short show, and then come back sometime later (either that day, or later on the tour) and do a proper concert.
    Uri_deth ImI
    I guess I would rather be remembered for my music than for stuff like this... It is just too silly.
    iljh
    I'd be pissed if I went to see a band and they pulled this shit and be even more pissed if I read this to find out why -.- haha
    cptcomet
    I kinda think that to be a record, something has the be the longest or the most. If they tried playing the longest gig they would have got in.
    thebigredjj10
    Popporoo wrote: Actually you can get a record for doing shortest something. Napalm Death's song You Suffer is in the Guinness book for being the shortest song ever recorded.
    If a a grindcore song with a single note and word can get it, I think a concert with a single cymbal crash can get it too!
    ljpfahey
    I love Jack White but **** this really shows his stupid side. I was with him until I read "I was thinking that afterwards we could contact the Guinness World Records people and see if we could get the record for shortest concert of all time." I think I'll just go and call up the Guinness world record people and tell them I did the shortest fart last night. What a shame they weren't there.
    rhs5110
    I would have been pissed if I saw the white stripes and they only played one note
    Dave_Mc
    i thought reaction times were over 100 milliseconds? also that might have been the best white stripes/jack white concert ever
    guitarman1992
    Love Jack White, but who cares? Besides, this "record" they were trying to break is kind of lame.
    SweepSDMF
    If anyone should do this, its Napalm Death, I mean, they already have a song short enough.
    Nethero
    guitar7masta wrote: Maestro1600 wrote: gkex wrote: Maestro1600 wrote: fastlanestoner wrote: hey, genius. a cymbal crash isn't a concert. what a joke Hey, Genius, how many notes need to be played before it becomes a concert? What's the official limit? One song is the normal lower limit, genius. Ok, how many notes make a song? What's the official limit? Definitely more than one cymbal crash....
    Apparently Napalm Death's You Suffer is classified as a song even though it's only one second long. It's three cymbal crashes, a guitar slide, and the word "YOU!". Maybe that's what counts as a song if Guinness says it doesn't get any shorter than that.
    westley23j
    i think their beef with it is just the fact that its so short. most records are something you can build upon to break the previous record. there is only so much time you can TAKE AWAY to beat the previous record. im with Guinness on this one.
    gkex
    Maestro1600 wrote: fastlanestoner wrote: hey, genius. a cymbal crash isn't a concert. what a joke Hey, Genius, how many notes need to be played before it becomes a concert? What's the official limit?
    One song is the normal lower limit, genius.
    Crofty89
    Wait, so he just decided one morning that their show on this stop of the tour would be one note on the drums? So people paid and turned up expecting a full White Stripes show and got one cymbal? Massive dick move there.