Jack and Meg White formed The White Stripes in 1997 while Jack was working in a taxidermists shop in Detroit, Michigan. With guitar, effects pedals and a drummer, The White Stripes took a back to basics approach that took the world by storm in the summer of 2001.
John Peel loved the band and played an important part in getting their music out to a wider audience.
Peel said: "I like to be taken by surprise myself. I first heard the White Stripes when we went to an event in Groningen in the Netherlands called Noorderslag and Eurosonic, and there's a wonderful record shop, very small, not much bigger than this studio, it's just a great record shop, and I went in there and the first White Stripes LP was in there as an import from the States. And I just liked the look of it and I looked at the titles - you develop an instinct, d'you know what I mean? And it looked like the sort of record I would like, so I took it out and I did like it, and started playing it. Now I get a lot of music from Detroit. The fact that it's successful is good."