Wednesday, February 2, 2011

R.I.P. The White Stripes (1997-2011)

What can be best called as an era where a minimalist approach to blues met Detroit's late 60's/early 70's punk sound, the White Stripes announced their retirement this morning. Without citing any specific reasons behind the breakup, the official press statement noted that it was not due to health concerns, artistic differences or even a lack of interest. Nevertheless, over 13 years, seven albums (six studio, one live) and countless 7" later, the White Stripes have left behind a very impressive catalog that undoubtedly left a indefinite mark on the shape and sound of music over the last 10 years and for years to come. Below is the official statement posted on the band's website and the last televised clip of the band as performed "We're Going to Be Friends" on the last episode of Late Night With Conan O'Brien as well as a few other clips. Thank you, Meg and Jack White for the tunes and performances that will last a lifetime.

The White Stripes would like to announce that today, February 2nd, 2011, their band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live.

The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health.

It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve What is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.

Meg and Jack want to thank every one of their fans and admirers for the incredible support they have given throughout the 13 plus years of the White Stripes’ intense and incredible career.

Third Man Records will continue to put out unreleased live and studio recordings from The White Stripes in their Vault Subscription record club, as well as through regular channels.

Both Meg and Jack hope this decision isn’t met with sorrow by their fans but that it is seen as a positive move done out of respect for the art and music that the band has created. It is also done with the utmost respect to those fans who’ve shared in those creations, with their feelings considered greatly.

With that in mind the band have this to say:

“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”

Meg and Jack White
The White Stripes

white stripes - we're going to be friends (conan feb 2009)

Marguerite | Myspace Video

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