White Collars

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White Collars

Byline: Scott Galupo, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

White collars

Jack White of the White Stripes nearly gave up the pursuit of a life in rock 'n' roll for a white stripe of a different kind: a priest's collar.

"I'd got accepted to the seminary in Wisconsin, and I was going to become a priest, but at the last second I thought, 'I'll just go to public school,' " Mr. White told CBS' "60 Minutes Wednesday" last night.

"I had just gotten a new amplifier in my bedroom, and I didn't think I was allowed to take it with me."

In the interview, Mr. White also discussed how his unlikely partnership with country great Loretta Lynn started with a dedication to her on the Stripes' disc "White Blood Cells" and culminated with his producing Miss Lynn's Grammy-nominated album "Van Lear Rose."

"I think that Loretta Lynn is the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century," Mr. White said.

Hall inflamed

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will brook no competitors - not even a trio of rock-loving Jews with tongues planted firmly in cheek.

The Cleveland-based hall sued the online Jewish Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for trademark infringements, claiming the rock hall has sold more than $5 million in licensed items in the past 10 years, and the Jewish rock hall jeopardizes that brand.

Washington Post reporter David Segal, one of the founders of the Jewish rock hall, said backers plan to introduce the new Web site next month. At press time, the Jewish rock hall's site showed a single message: "Future Home of JewsRock.org."

"The idea that the public could possibly be confused between a large museum backed by any number of corporations and a Web site run by a couple of Jewish guys is kind of nuts," Mr. Segal told Associated Press.

XM Satellite Radio executive Allen Goldberg also is named in the lawsuit, AP reports.

Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for the New Yorker magazine and another Jewish rock hall founder-defendant, called the organization "a little Web-based exercise in ethnic pride."

"It seems to be improbable that these people own 'rock 'n' roll,' it's entirely unlikely they own the phrase 'hall of fame,' and I know for sure they don't own the Jews," he said.

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