Jack White Wins First Solo Grammy Award and Defuses Guacamole Recipe Leak

OU Blacklisted For Publishing White's Tour Rider/Guacamole Recipe

Jack White. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik-Getty Images

Jack White won his first Grammy as a solo artist for Best Rock Performance for his song "Lazaretto" at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night. White was also nominated for Best Rock Song "Lazaretto" and Best Alternative Album for his 2014 second solo album Lazaretto but those awards went to Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" and St. Vincent's self-titled album respectively. The night's big winner was Beck who took home Grammys for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for his Morning Phase album.

White and his Third Man Records also won a second Grammy for The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Vol. 1 (1917-27),which White served as art director for. The set won for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package.

White was previously nominated for five Grammys for his 2012 debut solo album Blunderbuss at the 2013 Grammy Awards. He performed his Grammy nominated song "Freedom At 21" live (watch) that year but went home empty handed. White has previously won six Grammy with The White Stripes, one with The Raconteurs and one for his 2004 song collaboration with Loretta Lynn "Portland Oregon".

Watch the video for Jack White's Grammy winning song "Lazaretto" here

William Morris Agency Blacklists University of Oklahoma For Invading Jack White's Privacy

I​n 2015, Jack White's booking agency, the William Morris Agency blacklisted future performances at the University of Oklahoma by its artists because the school's newspaper, the OU Daily, got ahold of White's tour rider (a list of amenities to be provided at a performer's show) and published it in an article before his February 2nd concert at OU's McCasland Field House. Among the revelations in the rider were White's fee for the show ($80,000), his no banana policy (“We don’t want to see bananas anywhere in the building”), along with White's favorite guacamole recipe.

Jack White, who was apparently upset by the publishing of his tour rider, reportedly told the audience several times during his University of Oklahoma show, “Just because you can type it on your computer doesn’t make it right."

William Morris Agency has barred all of the acts it represents from playing the University of Oklahoma over the incident including: A Perfect Circle, AFIChris Cornell, Faith No More, Foo FightersWeezer and dozens of other acts. The powerful booking agency has written the University of Oklahoma telling them none of its music or comedy clients will be booked at the school “until their policy is modified not to disseminate private information,” according to the OU Daily. White was not involved in WME's decision.

Jack White's Management Reacts To "Guac-gate"

Jack White's management company denied that he will never play the University of Oklahoma again and endorsed the use of his favorite guacamole recipe yesterday in the following statement published February 7th on White's website:

Holy Guacamole! 

To the students and staff of University of Oklahoma:

Jack White would love to thank all the concert attendees at his performance at the University of Oklahoma. The crowd was incredible and Mr. White played an extensive two and a half hour show for them. The students who helped organize the event were wonderful. Playing in, and for, the people of Oklahoma is one of Jack White’s favorite tour stops. At no time did Jack White or White's management say that we would never play there again, that is untrue.  

The incidents with the OU Daily student newspaper reporting the financial terms of the show, the private tour rider information, along with unsolicited photographers from their staff were unfortunate, unprofessional, and very unwelcoming. The show was one of many on this tour directed at playing for university students in their own environment. And the band were all completely thrilled with the performance and the crowd.

Incidentally, the most important function of a rider is that it lays out optimal technical specifications to ensure the audience has the best experience possible. For that, Jack hires a team of very qualified touring professionals who write the rider and attempt to execute a professional and pleasant experience for all involved. Part of that is making sure that the tour personnel of about 30 people plus the local venue staff are fed. Contrary to what some believe, Jack doesn't write the rider nor make demands about his favorite snacks that must be in his dressing room. We're not even sure he likes guacamole but we do know that the folks who work hard to put on the show do enjoy it. 

(By the way, now that's it out there, we recommend you try Lalo's guacamole recipe. It's delicious.)

We hope those present for Mr. White's performance are able to maintain their good memories from the experience and he looks forward to seeing them again soon. 


Monotone Inc. 

(Jack White’s management)

Jack White's Favorite Guacamole Recipe

Below is Jack White's favorite guacamole recipe which he has now given approval for others to enjoy now that it has been published:

8 x large, ripe Haas avocados (cut in half the long way, remove the pit—SAVE THE PIT THOUGH—, and dice into large cubes with a butter knife. 3 or 4 slits down, 3 or 4 across. You’ll scoop out the chunks with a spoon, careful to main the avocado in fairly large chunks.)

4 x vine-ripened tomatoes (diced)

½ x yellow onion (finely chopped)

1 x full bunch cilantro (chopped)

4 x Serrano peppers (de-veined and chopped)

1 x lime

Salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, careful not to mush the avocados too much. We want it chunky. Once properly mixed and tested, add the pits into the guacamole and even out the top with a spoon or spatula. Add ½ lime to the top later so you cover move of the surface with the juice (The pits and lime will keep it from browning prematurely.) Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until served."