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Jack White vs. the Black Keys: A Beef History

As feud between rival blues-rock camps makes headlines again, we look back at story so far

The Black Keys and Jack White

The Black Keys and Jack White

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'Tis the season of the beef. Just as the dust was settling from the Meek Mill–Drake feud, Nicki Minaj took an "oh, no, she didn't" swipe at Miley Cyrus during her VMA acceptance speech. And last night, not to be outdone, the Black Keys and Jack White reignited their ongoing neo-blues-rock squabble.

Keys drummer Patrick Carney claimed on Twitter that White "tried to fight me" in an NYC bar. "Quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being," sniped back White. The two parties have since posted tweets indicating that all is now copacetic, but it remains to be seen whether the detente will last. Here's our look back at the history of this epic feud.

Patrick Carney

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September 14th, 2015: Carney and White Have Words IRL, Make Up Online

Details are scant at this point, but Patrick Carney was at the Lower East Side bar the Cabin Down Below last night after performing at a Neil Young tribute at the Bowery Ballroom. At some point, he finally came face-to-face with White. Carney has since deleted most of his tweets about the incident, but here they are in full: 

"I've never met Jack White. Until last night. He came into a bar in Nyc I go to a lot with a few friends and tried to fight me. I don't fight and don't get fighting but he was mad!!! He is why I play music. The bully assholes who made me feel like nothing. Music was a private non competitive thing. Not sure what he's unhappy with cuz I just liked Zeppelin a lot and wanted to play guitar. Cut my pinky off and ended up being a drummer. Not the best drummer but a passionate one. But any way Jack White. A 40 year old bully tried to fight the 35 year old nerd. It might get loud but it might also get really really sad and pathetic. Jack White is basically Bill Corgan's dumb ass zero t-shirt in human form."

The tweets went super viral on the Internet, and within an hour or so, White released a statement: "Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick. Nobody touched you or 'bullied' you. You were asked a question you couldn't answer so you walked away. So quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being. End of story."

Not long after that, Carney erased most of his posts and tweeted out, "Talked to Jack for an hour he's cool. All good." Jack White returned the sentiment via Third Man's Twitter account: "From one musician to another, you have my respect Patrick Carney."