Live Performance of the Week: “Cannon/John the Revelator” by The White Stripes

Who says that the blues are dead? And even if they are, I think this clip just woke them up.

Taking a short jump back to 2007, here we have the two-person sound machine that is The White Stripes tearing through this track from their 1999 eponymous debut album. The duo dedicated the entire release to pioneer bluesman Son House, and this track resurrects the legend’s version of blues standard “John the Revelator.”

One small difference, though–whereas House did the tune a cappella, the Stripes take the opposite route. Modern day guitar god Jack White rips through his mighty riffs with the power of a lunatic. His probable ex-wife, alleged sister, and bonafide bandmate Meg White bashes her drum kit as if summoning armageddon. Just another page out of the Book of the Seven Seals.


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