Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The White Stripes' Dylan Covers

One of the coolest thing about the White Stripes is that they seem to love doing just about anything they want with their music. The more successful they become, the more independent and innovative they try to be. I mean, Icky Thump had bag pipes on it. When you look through their song catalog (and exhaustive list of live sets,) it becomes pretty apparent that they love doing covers, and one artist's name that appears more than other: Bob Dylan.

Both Jack and Meg have expressed how influential Bob Dylan was on their music, more than just from being heavily ingrained with the blues, and their covering Dylan seems like a perfectly natural fit. We found these covers scattered across albums, DVD's, and various fan collections on the internet, so we thought we would pull some of our favorites together under one single post.
While technically this one was covered by Bob Dylan, it's cool enough to be included:
This one is also a stretch, but Bob Dylan has said that Gene Vincent's "Baby Blue" inspired him to write "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." The White Stripes have been known to cover the former:
  • Other interesting things that worth noting:
Dylan performed "Meet Me in the Morning," from his 1975 album Blood on the Tracks, in a live setting for the very first time in 2007 with Jack White. Also, A Wink To Bob Dylan has a bit more on the Dylan-Stripes connection.


Joel said...

Good read!

Mr. Curiosity said...

Glad you dig it holmes.

Anonymous said...

The White Stripes version of Black Jack Davey is truly awesome!

Marcus said...

I think they covered House of Rising Sun too - I know its hardly a Dylan original, but its another link ...