JACK WHITE: Talking about the Mississippi blues artists: ‘They changed the world’

Jack White: 'I could learn so much from these records.'

\Jack White learned his craft listening to the blues legends of the 20s and 30s on albums released by a tiny Scottish label. And now he's rereleasing Document Records' archive on vinyl. t was shortly before Christmas when Gary Atkinkson met Jack White just after the latter came off stage at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Atkinson runs vintage-blues reissue label Document Records with his wife Gillian in Galloway, south-west Scotland. He and White, whose most recent album was a UK and US No 1, had previously corresponded by telephone and email, but Atkinson fretted that, in the flesh, White might be "one of those shy, Prince types, who recoil at every comment". So when the former White Stripe bounded across the room and hugged him, he was taken aback.