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Jack White merch show at Mariachi Plaza

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In Boyle Heights, Jack White's Third Man Records store unsuccessfully hides behind a fence and some shrubs on August 10, 2012.

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Jack White's magical merch bus makes a stop at Mariachi Plaza during a secret show on August 10, 2012.

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What was left of Jack White's secret show on August 10, 2012 at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.

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Jack White's magical merch bus makes a stop at Mariachi Plaza during a secret show on August 10, 2012.


The merch of a man who should never be left in the sun, was all that remained of Jack White's secret show in Boyle Heights on a boiling Friday afternoon.

While visiting East L.A., KPCC spotted the impossible to miss, institutional yellow, traveling Third Man Records store parked behind a serious gate and decided to see what we'd missed at Mariachi Square.

A woman wrapping cable on the outdoor stage estimated about 150-200 people had appeared for the 20 minute "B Show" tweeted about by White's Three Man Records about an hour earlier. 

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Jack White conquers Billboard 200 with solo debut, 'Blunderbuss'

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CD cover image for Jack White's solo debut, "Blunderbuss."

In abandoning his rainbow of musical accomplices, Jack White has alablasted his way into the top spot of the Billboard 200, making his first solo album, "Blunderbuss," also his first No. 1 album on the chart.

The record was released by White's Third Man Records -- a Nashville-based label described by the NYT as "a cross between Warhol’s Factory and the Batcave," where west-facing walls are red, east-facing walls are blue, and the employees dress like "comic-book henchmen" in yellow and black.

"Blunderbuss" sold 138,000 copies in its first week, Billboard reports

White's other bands -- The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather -- all missed the high mark. The White Stripes release "Icky Thump" jumped into the No. 2 spot when it debuted in 2007, selling 223,000 units in its first week.

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