He saw himself more as a custodian of the Nelson house than as its owner. “If you could take care of it and pass it along, it’s good.” The car travelled through farm fields beneath a dome of blue sky.
“Anyway, it’s a place I can go and write songs and shake up my environment,” he continued.
The band cancelled a host of live shows in 2007 and haven't appeared live since.
Jack has since concentrated his energies on two other bands, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather.
He wasn’t planning to live in it, except perhaps occasionally on retreats—he lives in Nashville. The house was designed by George Nelson, a figure in American modernism, who mostly designed furniture.
“A George Nelson house, there’s not too many of those,” White said in a car on the way there.
Either way, what it reveals is fascinating—though not pretty.