5 Things You May Not Have Known About Meg White
Today we celebrate the birthday of Megan Martha White, better known to her friends and fans as Meg, a.k.a. the drummer for the White Stripes. To commemorate the occasion, we've put together a collection of 5 things you may or may not have known about Ms. White, so read onward and see if we've managed to surprise you with any of them.
- If the music thing hadn't panned out, she'd probably be working in the culinary field.
Even before graduating high school, Meg had already decided that she was going to bypass college in favor of becoming a chef. She made good on it, too, securing a position at Memphis Smoke, a restaurant in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan, and she might've gotten away with a career in the kitchen if it hadn't been for meeting that darned Jack Gillis there. In short order, the two would get married, and Jack would take her last name, so...now you get it, right?
- She was kinda sorta responsible for the band's name.
If it wasn't for the fact that Meg like peppermint candies, then it's quite possible that she and Jack never would've decided to dub themselves The White Stripes. But she did, so they did, and the rest is history.
- She once appeared in a Detroit Cobras video.
It's not exactly what you'd call a star-making performance, only because there's not really a whole lot to it, but she does play Red Riding Hood in the video, which you can watch below.
- She was supposed to have contributed to Bob Odenkirk's film Let's Go to Prison.
The key phrase here, of course, is that she was supposed to have contributed, so prepare to be disappointed: Odenkirk asked Meg to compose a drum theme for Dax Shepard's character in the film, which she did, but the studio - apparently unimpressed with the concept of a drums-only score - removed it from the film. Odenkirk, as you might reasonably suspect, was not thrilled.
- She donated her Ludwig drum kit to charity.
That's not to say that Meg wouldn't be able to find herself another kit if she needed it, of course, but in 2009 she donated this particular drum kit to the Jim Shaw Rock 'N' Roll Benefit to raise money for Shaw, a cancer-stricken Detroit musician.