Like the "virgin whores" who pop up on Internet search engines when you type in "John Lee Hooker," the White Stripes are objects of mass fantasies because they were conceived as a fantasy--a contradictory one. The indie It-band of the hour style themselves as rock's immaculate harlots: amateur impresarios, knowing innocents. They play the blues, which requires skill and knowledge; no, they play garage rock, which requires naiveté... More >>>