Jack White Could Produce Rolling Stones

Keith Richards says the "door is wide open" for him to produce their 50th anniversary release. Meanwhile, White says there's no romance to an iPod.

Jack White Could Produce Rolling Stones
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Keith Richards says "the door is wide open" for Jack White to produce the next Rolling Stones album. Fans have speculated for years over whether the former White Stripes man will produce the band, especially after White and Richards spent time in a studio together in 2009. "I enjoy working with Jack," Richards told Rolling Stone magazine. "We've done a couple of tracks." He adds that their unreleased recordings could still see the light of day. "I don't know if [Jack] ever considered that it was actually, like, master cuts," Richards said. "But at the same time if Jack wanted to do it, I'd probably say, 'Yeah.'" It could be a very public invite for White to produce material to mark the Stones' 50th anniversary this year. "I'd love to get some tracks down and see what songs we've got," says Richards, "and that goes along with part of getting the band back together and getting things moving. So I'd love to cut some tracks." Meanwhile, Jack White told the BBC about his love for vinyl. "The whole experience of vinyl is what we're after. If we don't see something moving, we lose romance," he said. "There's no romance for me to sing to you about an iPod. Why? Because nothing's moving. I think digital and invisible things make you feel like some other being is in charge of it somewhere else. Like, 'I'm just a witness to this and I'll sit here politely.'" Do you get a sense of romance from playing vinyl? Compare your digital and analogue music experiences in the comments.

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    LTDman90
    I'm probably going to get slammed harder than Anjohl for what I am going to say, but I am not a big Stones fan, but the way White pushes artists as a producer, I am quite fond of. Huge advocate of this possibility.
    fifopher
    Anjohl wrote: Jack White is hardly the rock savior everyone calls him. He wrote 2-3 good songs, bottom line.
    This comment will not be very popular, methinks...
    schirripar
    "I have a fever, and the only prescription is more Digitech Whammy," - Jack White
    Hippykiller
    fifpher I believe you have nailed that one! The proof is that virtually everybody who's anybody in the music business (well, musicians anyway) thinks Jack White is the sh*t.
    dmansotelo
    jack white is not the best guitarist but has the most outragously awesome producing skills i want really want to hear it
    PsiGuy60
    Rolling Stones = good. Jack White as a producer = good. Both of them together would be amazing.
    DickHardwood
    Silverpack wrote: "There's no romance for me to sing to you about an iPod. Why? Because nothing's moving. I think digital and invisible things make you feel like some other being is in charge of it somewhere else. Like, 'I'm just a witness to this and I'll sit here politely.'" I kinda see the image he does, but it lacks relevancy to me. You could say the same about the vinyl, you're just seing a round black thing spinning that plays the music for you, adn you're a witness. I think it's mainly psychological.
    Vinyl is just different. You have to set it up,warm it a bit and just let it roll..the sound is different and the atmosphere is different.Others like it, others don't. I personally love it although I do know it's much easier to press play on your computer and listen.
    ne14t
    BigSpence wrote: Anyone who knows who Jack White is also knows he's an advocate of vinyl records. He mentions it in almost every interview. And what does it have to do with producing the Stones?
    Maybe they are going to release it on vinyl when its done, but I am just considering the obvious. I would definitely love to hear this collaboration for sure!
    jdsmith0405
    I like the idea of this. Jack White's new album is great; him + Keef = very good tunes
    jrodgers
    Although I hardly get excited about a new Rolling Dinosaurs album, or Jack White producing really anything, both of these together sounds like an AMAZING idea. I could really see Jack's style capturing that old Exile on Mainstreet-ish sounding magic. Giving the ballads a nashville style rootsy-ness, and making the rockers sound garagey and dirty like the stones havint been in 40 years.
    vinnym86
    A) Way cool, though I'm not a huge Stripes fan, Jack White is definitely gritty and rock n roll enough to oversee these legends, and unique enough, too. B) I DO love vinyl. I was just listening to "Tommy" the other day. The downside is the short play-time, but the warm tone and the hiss/pops add so much to the music, and seeing the needle lift up and drop down onto the spinning record is magical. It forces album art to be larger and makes it a more important detail to the overall package. I would be ecstatic if Jack produced The Stones and released initially just on Vinyl. I think they would still need to press CDs to be commercially viable, but the Stones are a big enough band to possibly get away with a stunt like that.
    a drummer
    LTDman90 wrote: I'm probably going to get slammed harder than Anjohl for what I am going to say, but I am not a big Stones fan, but the way White pushes artists as a producer, I am quite fond of. Huge advocate of this possibility.
    Feel the same way man
    DirtyDog53
    I am all in favor of mixing generations and styles as long as the energy produces something unique and exceptional. Maybe this paring would. I am not a fan but I saw the Stones perform in 2009 and I have to say it was an exceptional show front to back. Even saw someone do a head over heals down a flight of concrete steps and nearly fliped off the balcony. Being totally blasted and relaxed saved his life. Great concert. I love vinyl but have transitioned to SACD where possible. Vinyl and large data digital sources such as SACD, improve tone and can create sound stage that is amazing. Great equipment is needed but it's so good you forget you're not getting any tonight and enjoy the evening just the same. For 20+ years Neil Young has been public about the poor sounds quality of CD/mp4 formats. He recently mentioned the "the industry" will be announcing a new large data format (like HiDef is for tv). It's all about data, and vinyl has a ton of it, hence the tone.
    Silverpack
    "There's no romance for me to sing to you about an iPod. Why? Because nothing's moving. I think digital and invisible things make you feel like some other being is in charge of it somewhere else. Like, 'I'm just a witness to this and I'll sit here politely.'" I kinda see the image he does, but it lacks relevancy to me. You could say the same about the vinyl, you're just seing a round black thing spinning that plays the music for you, adn you're a witness. I think it's mainly psychological.
    Zoso67
    I think everyone undervalues what a good producer Jack White is. We're not talking about actually creating the tunes, we're talking about him behind the mixing board and capturing the smallest waveband to make it sound as if you were listening to a vinyl itself. Of course he'll throw in some input but we're not talking about a Rolling Stripes collaboration here. Just a new school guy with an old school approach to recording. Think of it maybe as Wasting Lights type of audio quality to expect.
    Roach Vega
    Why sing to a woman about the songs she is listening on an ipod? Vinyl will always rule as the way to romanticize about music and women
    Warrior47
    Psycho Pigeon wrote: Anjohl wrote: Jack White is hardly the rock savior everyone calls him. He wrote 2-3 good songs, bottom line. You speak truth, however the world is run by the ignorant masses.
    No, other people just aren't so obnoxiously judgmental. Just looking at his White Stripes career gives you more than 2-3 good songs, let alone his solo album and two other bands. It's fine if he's not your thing, but he's been a major force behind like 11 studio albums with many of them being well reviewed and big hits, so saying he's only written a couple good songs is just being ridiculous.
    BassFishin
    VERY interesting. I'd love to hear what it would sound like. I mean, I'm sure the Stones have lost some of their luster, I'm curious what a newer musician would do to influence that.
    BigSpence
    Anyone who knows who Jack White is also knows he's an advocate of vinyl records. He mentions it in almost every interview. And what does it have to do with producing the Stones?
    Anjohl
    Jack White is hardly the rock savior everyone calls him. He wrote 2-3 good songs, bottom line.
    Spud Spudly
    No band should be around to release a 50th anniversary album. Hang it up already.
    Jyrgen
    fifopher wrote: Anjohl wrote: Jack White is hardly the rock savior everyone calls him. He wrote 2-3 good songs, bottom line. This comment will not be very popular, methinks...
    So? Is the purpose of the comment section to get the most popular comment or express one's opinions?
    Elderer
    Yeah,yeah, he's good but not that good. His production skills are poor.
    Psycho Pigeon
    Anjohl wrote: Jack White is hardly the rock savior everyone calls him. He wrote 2-3 good songs, bottom line.
    You speak truth, however the world is run by the ignorant masses.
    COREYTAYLOR721
    This is pretty cool. Two blues guys getting together old and new, different styles. If it does see the light of day its going to be played at my house for years.
    fifopher
    Psycho Pigeon wrote: Anjohl wrote: Jack White is hardly the rock savior everyone calls him. He wrote 2-3 good songs, bottom line. You speak truth, however the world is run by the ignorant masses.
    Soooo you clicked on Jack's face looking for a chance to make a ****y comment?
    Spychosis
    schirripar wrote: "I have a fever, and the only prescription is more Digitech Whammy," - Jack White
    AAGGGHH damnit. Reminding me I still can't afford one of those awesome devices.
    Pit_
    i'm from the tape cassette generation. i used to look thru the tiny window at the small cogged wheels winding and unwinding the tape.
    BaDG0oD
    Listening to Vinyl Records is the same, like you go to live consert, from vinyl, its another sound and feelings, I'm Glad Jack White Is Going up on hes career, and with Rolling Stones - it's something new. Wish White Stripes would join again -sorryformybadenglish-