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White Stripes Release First-Ever Live Performance

Russell Hall
White Stripes

The White Stripes have released their first-ever live show. The vinyl-only release is part of a package available through Third Man Records’ “Vault” series, a quarterly subscription service offered by the Jack White-owned label.

The 7-inch vinyl recording was taped on July 14, 1997, during an open-mic night at the Gold Dollar in Detroit. The soundboard recording features a version of “Jimmy the Exploder,” which later appeared on the White Stripes self-titled debut, along with covers of “Love Potion #9” and the traditional blues tune, “St. James Infirmary.”

Also included in the package is a Live at the Gold Dollar 12” LP, recorded on August 14, 1997. The August performance, which includes a “blistering cover” of The Stooges’ “TV Eye,” constitutes the band’s first full-length concert. Rounding out the package is a tote bag emblazoned with the White Stripes’ classic peppermint logo. The deadline to sign up to The Vault, in order to obtain this package, is July 31.

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