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Drummer of the Month: Meg White

Meg White may have faced criticism for her minimalist drumming style, but as Jack White, her ex-husband and frontman of The White Stripes, put it in a Rolling Stone interview:

“It’s kind of funny: When people critique hip-hop, they’re scared to open up, for fear of being called racist. But they’re not scared to open up on female musicians, out of pure sexism. Meg is the best part of this band. It never would have worked with anybody else, because it would have been too complicated. When she started to play drums with me, just on a lark, it felt liberating and refreshing. There was something in it that opened me up. It was my doorway to playing the blues.”

With that being said, Meg White plays some of the most understated drum parts I’ve ever heard. They drive high-energy songs like “Fell in Love With a Girl” and “Icky Thump” without distracting from the heartrending emotion in songs like “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself.” Her skills are quite remarkable when one considers that she picked up the drums in her early twenties; her first gig was with Jack White in 1997, two months after she started playing. Learning an instrument is easiest when you’re young, but Meg was brave enough to begin drumming well into adulthood and play in public after only two months of practice. Let’s see her critics do that.

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