Third Man Records

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(NOTE: Either the entirety or the majority of this article is taken directly from the official Third Man Records website, as well as the Third Man Records Wikipedia article. Both links are in the External Links section.)

Third Man Records is Jack White's record label. It is distributed in America and most of the world through Warner Bros. Records and in the UK by XL Recordings. The label's name is yet another reference to the number three, which Jack refers to frequently.

In addition to The White Stripes' six full-length albums, the label used to also be home to Grand Rapids, MI trio Whirlwind Heat. Both albums by The Raconteurs carry the Third Man logo. For the Raconteurs tour of the UK in October 2006, very limited live albums were on sale, with 1000 pressed for each show. These also carry the Third Man label.

The Muldoons, who feature Jack's former Upholsterers band mate Brian Muldoon and his two sons Shane and Hunter, will release their debut album through Third Man Records.

Grand Opening

Third Man Records now has a physical location in downtown Nashville. White's new Third Man Records building serves as the company headquarters and houses the label's offices plus a vinyl record store, photo studio, dark room and performance stage.

In celebration of the building's opening, the label’s newest rock outfit, The Dead Weather, delivered their first public performance with a set including songs from their forthcoming album, Horehound. The band, fronted by Alison Mosshart (known to music fans as one half of The Kills) includes The Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence on bass, Dean Fertita from Queens Of The Stone Age on guitar and Jack White on drums and vocals. In addition to playing, White also served as producer on Horehound. Recording took place earlier this year in just three weeks at the newly constructed Third Man Studio, designed from the ground up by White. Third Man plans a June release for the album.

Around 150 fans, family and friends attended the Third Man Records grand opening event and exchanged their letter-pressed invitations for limited edition 7" vinyl pressings of The Dead Weather's debut single "Hang You From The Heavens" (b/w a stealth cover of Gary Numan's "Are Friends Electric?"). The Dead Weather hand painted each of the 150 7" records that also included a different photo booth strip of the band members. Downloads of these two songs are now available exclusively through iTunes.


The staff and inner bowels of Third Man Records remains a mystery to all but a select few. Known employees of Third Man include:

  • Jack White
  • Ben Blackwell: Director of Operations ("Pinball Wizard")
  • Ben Swank: General Manager ("The Ghost Rider")
  • Jo McCaughey, Jamie Goodsell: Photography
  • Matthew Jacobson, Miles Johnson, Jason Snell: Design
  • Lauren Alyssa Mincey: Sales Floor Manager
  • Rebecca Cholewa: PR and Customer Relations Representative
  • Dani Robb: Merchandise/Record Shop/Product Development
  • Mindy Watts, Joshua V. Smith: Engineering/Mixing
  • Fiona Flaherty, Melissa Lummus, Cam Sarret, Ronald Marsh

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