Ongoing History Daily: Uniforms for roadies

If you’ve ever been to a White Stripes show or a Raconteurs gig, you may have noticed that all the stage roadies are dressed in black suits with white shirts, black ties, and black fedoras.  Why?  That’s their uniform. 

Jack White–a guy who has a thing for style–created the roadie uniform as part of the overall visual spectacle of his gigs.  How do you tell a White Stripes roadie from one working for the Raconteurs?  Look carefully at the hat.  If it has a grey and yellow feather stuck in the brim, that’s a Raconteurs roadie. 

He’s not the only guy to do this.  Eddie Vedder likes his roadies to wear white lab coats while Peter Gabriel’s guys all used to wear orange jumpsuits.

Yesterday’s Ongoing History Daily was What your musical preferences say about you

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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