Alternate Take: A conversation with White Stripes historian Ben Blackwell

Listen to Alternate Take with host Liz Warner every Thursday from 8-10 p.m. ET on Detroit Public Radio 101.9 WDET.

Liz Warner and Ben Blackwell

Liz Warner (left) with Ben Blackwell inside the lobby of WDET.

On this episode of Alternate Take, I chat with The White Stripes archivist and historian Ben Blackwell, discussing his recently published book, “The White Stripes Complete Lyrics,” chronicling the lyrics of the Detroit duo.

The White Stripes Complete Lyrics book
The White Stripes Complete Lyrics

You’ll of course hear some White Stripes tunes, but also Kate Bush, Syd Barrett, Yaya Bey and more!

See the playlist below and listen to the episode on-demand for two weeks after it airs using the media player above.

Alternate Take Playlist for June 13, 2024

  • Angelica Garcia – “Color de Dolor”
  • Kate Bush – “Rocket’s Tail”
  • Peaking Lights – “So Far Away From Home”
  • Baby Rose & BADBADNOTGOOD – “One Last Dance”
  • Tricky Disco – “Tricky Disco”
  • John Carroll Kirby – “Oropendola”
  • Yaya Bey – “chasing the bus”
  • Quiet Village – “Utopia”
  • Andreas Vollenweider – “Hands and Clouds”
  • Dopplereffekt – “Higgs-Mechanism”
  • The Dirtbombs – “Bug In the Bassbin (Kyle Hall Remix)”
  • Fashion Club – “Rotten Mind (feat. Julie Byrne)”
  • Syd Barrett – “Love You”
  • The White Stripes – “The Hardest Button to Button”
  • The White Stripes – “I’m Finding It Harder To Be a Gentleman (Live at the DIA)”
  • Jack White and the Bricks – “The Union Forever (Live at the Gold Dollar)”
  • Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra – “In a Mizz”

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  • Liz Warner
    Liz Warner — known to late-night Detroit audiences as Liz Copeland — is an award-winning multimedia journalist specializing in audio. She started in Detroit as a nightly live radio producer and host on WDET in 1995.