Jack White On His “Little Vaudeville Kids”

Rocker Jack White‘s kids are barely out of their preschool years, but it sounds like they’re already following in their famous father’s footsteps.

The former White Stripes star tells the New York Times that his kids Scarlett, 5, and Henry, 4, have formed a band called Coke, though he’s quick to note, “They’ve never had a Coke. I think they just liked the syllable.”

“They’re little vaudeville kids. They’ve been onstage for school plays and stuff, and they’re not nervous at all,” continues the proud papa. “You can see in Henry’s eyes that he really watches the creation of things. And Scarlett is very much a producer – she likes to tell how it’s going to happen. We were messing around a couple of weeks ago, and she was like, ‘I’m hearing two pianos…'”

Jack, who last year split from his wife Karen Elson, points out that kids today are too plugged in to make the most of their childhood: “This generation is so dead,” he laments. “You ask a kid, ‘What are you doing this Saturday?’ and they’ll be playing video games or watching cable, instead of building model cars or airplanes or doing something creative. Kids today never say, ‘Man, I’m really into remote-controlled steamboats.’ They never say that.”


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  1. Aw, Jack. I still love him and his music and hope someday to become wife #3. I’m mostly kidding about that, but I feel the same way about kids these days. It’s really sad. I remember the most fun I ever had as a child had nothing to do with computers, but with a few toys and imagination.

  2. I’m 23, a child of the 90s. I would either spend most of my time playing with barbies or outdoors with my cousins and neighborhood friends. The only times i watched tv was cartoon network at night or Family Matters and Saved by the Bell as I got ready to go to school. My siblings who are 6 and 11 years younger than me spend most of their time alternating between the computer, tv, nintedo ds and Wii. How time have changed

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