Jack White is the "coolest, weirdest, savviest rock star of our time" (The New York Times Magazine), best known as the frontman for The White Stripes where his guitar virtuosity and shrieking rock vocals outstripped any speculation about his relationship with his drumming ex-wife Meg White, who he often insisted was his sister. Not content with igniting a blues-rock revival in the early millennium White went on to collaborate with Loretta Lynn, Tom Jones, Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan and more, as well as founding retro-rock band The Raconteurs, starring in the Academy Award-winning film Cold Mountain and rejuvenating a flagging Detroit arts scene by making his hometown the headquarters of his record label, Third Man Records. White is a master of reinvention and creativity. Subsequently, the real Jack White--born John Anthony Gillis in 1975--can be difficult to pin down. How He Built an Empire From the Blues is the only book yet to tell the full story of the 21st century's most influential rock star the Detroit scene in which The White Stripes first flourished. Based on interviews from people close to White, including former bandmate Brendan Benson and Third Man artists such as Neil Young and Seasick Steve, no other book goes as deep into the lore of Jack White and the mythical White Stripes.