White Stripes: Under Blackpool Lights (2004)

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This concert video features Detroit rockers The White Stripes performing live at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England, in January 2004. The band's songs are rooted in the blues and punk genres, with carefully crafted, folksy lyrics. Fans at the Empress Ballroom were treated to songs such as "When I Hear My Name," "Black Math," "Astro," "Truth Doesn't Make a Noise" and "Ball and Biscuit." Also includes previously unreleased material.
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Musical & Performing Arts
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In January 2004, Detroit-based rock duo The White Stripes played a couple of shows at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England and decided to film them. The result is this nifty little gem: Under Blackpool Lights. And, my fandom of the band aside, this is excellent. Shot on Super * with a handful of cameras, we get a rousing tour-de-force run through about 27 or so songs over the course of 75-80s minutes, with the majority of tracks taken from the four albums they had released up to that point, as well as a few non-album cuts as well. And not only that, but this is mostly a breakneck set, diving right into song after song with only a few breaks and slower moments scattered here and there. The setlist is great, and I loved that they shot it on Super 8, as they really enhances the band's raw, lo-fi bluesy garage rock sound and aesthetics. Another thing I love is how much noise they make, especially since it's just two people utilizing voice, drums, guitar, and piano. I never got the chance to see them live before they broke up (which I'm still kinda bitter about), but this makes up for it wonderfully, and does a great job of showing what they were all about, and just how fun the concert experience can be. Definitely see this if you're a fan. You can still check it out if you're not, but don't expect to feel the same about it as me.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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this is chock full of goodness. jack white is inspirational, always...one of the best shows i've seen of theirs-and a great one to watch over and over...

Brittany Rudd
Brittany Rudd

I have watched this DVD so much, I can't even count. I love the White Stripes and this recording has some amazing footage. Jolene is by far the highlight of the dvd. Generally I don't like concert dvds, but this is the exception.

Emmylou Allen
Emmylou Allen

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