- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 9, 2005

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.

Who’s next

Who frontman Roger Daltrey collected a Commander of the Order of the British Empire title yesterday for his services to music, the entertainment industry and charity.

The BBC reports that Mr. Daltrey, 60, was honored to meet the queen as she conducted the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

“She said I got this for my music as well as charity work, but I don’t think she’s a rock and roll fan,” he said.

“She’d probably fall off her podium if she heard the Who’s songs.”

Kicking the habit

Troubled Libertines rocker Pete Doherty vowed to quit heroin for supermodel girlfriend, Kate Moss, and, of course, his mother.

The British singer, who spent four nights in jail, told London’s Sun newspaper: “I have to sort my life out.

“One minute I am waiting for Kate to arrive to join me for a romantic evening in the Jacuzzi; the next thing I remember is doing cold turkey in a vomit-filled cell.”

Mr. Doherty, 25, is facing charges for blackmail and robbery, but his immediate concern is kicking his drug habit.

“I felt like crying, but the thought of Kate on the outside kept me going,” he said, adding, “I am determined to kick the habit for good for the sake of my relationship with her. I’m determined to do it for Kate and my mum, the two women I love.”

Art and country

Comedian-actor-novelist Steve Martin donated $1 million to boost the American art collection at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif.

Three-fourths of the gift, to be distributed over five years, will be used to put on American art exhibitions. The remaining $250,000 will likely be used for acquisitions or exhibitions, AP reports.

“It’s extremely rewarding to have someone outside of the core group of supporters understand what we’re doing and see how they can help and really make a difference,” said Huntington American art curator Jessica Todd Smith.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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