Jack White Hits Out At Guinness World Records
He says officials wouldn't acknowledge a record he set with the White Stripes
White has claimed in an interview with Interview Magazine that he and Meg White once set a world record for the shortest ever gig, but he says that officials from the Guinness Book Of World Records would not accept the record.
Speaking about this, he said: "We were in Newfoundland and the idea that I came up with at breakfast was, 'Let's play one note today'. I told Meg as we were getting out of the car. I said, 'Make sure you grab your cymbal and when you hit the cymbal, grab it so that the note only lasts a millisecond.'"
He continued: "I was thinking that afterwards we could contact the Guinness World Records people and see if we could get the record for shortest concert of all time. So we did it, but ultimately they turned us down."
Then asked why, White said: "The thing is, though, that the Guinness book is a very elitist organisation. There's nothing scientific about what they do. They just have an office full of people who decide what a record is and what isn't. Most of the records in there - who has the biggest collection of salt-and-pepper shakers or whatever - are just whatever they want them to be."
He went on: "So with something like the shortest concert of all time, they didn't think whatever we did was interesting enough to make it a record. I don't know why they get to decide that, but, you know, they own the book."