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Jack White’s parting message: ‘Music is sacred’

Jack White issued a plea for music fans to protect the art they love as he played his final show for the foreseeable future.

The White Stripes man recently confirmed he’d be taking a “long break” from appearing live after a short run of acoustic shows that took him to the five US cities he’d never previously played.

The last of those, in Fargo, North Dakota, took place on Sunday night, and was streamed via new service Tidal.

White said from the stage: “If you feel strongly about music and you love music, tell people that. Tell people that music is sacred.”

He argued that art shouldn’t be taken for granted and no one should assume it will always be free. He added: “Music is not disposable and worthless. It shouldn’t be treated that way.”

He launched second solo album Lazaretto last year. His label Third Man Records released Elvis Presley’s first-ever recording for Record Store Day after White purchased the original at an auction.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.