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How 10 Guitar Gods Got Started

Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and more all had humble beginnings
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Jack White

Jack White was set to attend a seminary as a teenager when he learned he couldn't take his amplifier with him. Instead, he began an upholstery apprenticeship with a punk fan who drafted White to play guitar in a duo. Later, after running an upholstery company of his own, White presented the duo idea to then-wife Meg, and the White Stripes – and a singular career as musician, producer, archivist and record label owner – were born.

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