February 2nd, 2011
05:55 PM ET
The White Stripes officially break up
It's the end of the road for Grammy-winning group The White Stripes.
In an announcement on their website Wednesday, the group explained that they've "officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live."
The statement says that the dissolution is for a "myriad of reasons," none of which are health-related, due to artistic differences or because the band simply didn't want to soldier on. Instead, the statement says, they're ending things "mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."
So after 13 years, Meg and Jack White are thanking their fans and looking toward the future.
"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," the statement said. "It is also done with the utmost respect to those fans who’ve shared in those creations, with their feelings considered greatly."
Keeping that in mind, the statement continued:
"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.”
According to the statement, unreleased live and studio recordings of the White Stripes will still be distributed by Third Man Records.
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I'm heartbroken 🙁
This makes me so sad. Hope they will come back some day. They never came to Finland and now they newer will... But I really hope for the best for both of them. I love Jack and I love Meg but mostly I love them together, as The White Stipes. Now even Jack is just a musician among musicians.
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Honestly Meg was over-rated as a drummer but the music was great....Jack will continue to release live stuff in the future.
darn it! Great Band!
They will probably play Seven Nation Army at the Super Bowl...
They were great in the studio but their live act was not the greatest.Jack will go on to produce great music.So are they breaking up as brother and sister?
They aren't brother and sister.
Hate to hear this, this is one of the better bands over the last ten years. Jack's side projects will tide me over, as all of them are excellent. The only blues guy that Led Zeppelin truly stole from is Robert Johnson. That doesn't mean that they still aren't one of the greatest bands ever, but they got away with that one.
thanks for the great feeling miss you guys
Well in MY humble opinion Led Zeppelin is the best ever to ME. Better put? But if you wanna say they stole jack johnsons music dont forget to also accuse them of stealing from muddy waters as well. To everyone music speaks differently. The sad thing is that things dont last and we are all reminded of our own mortality when these tragedies occur. and rap is alright...country blows from 1989 on...GO PACKERS!!!!!
I'm truly saddened. I love, love, LOVE The White Stripes. This sucks big-time. Ah, I'll just play "Get With It," "White Orchid," and "Truth Hurts," 'til they just won't play anymore.... 🙁
Just another non musical band biting the dust as we say another one bites the dust
"Don't criticize what you can't understand"
Just something we say...
I thought this is just today
and soon you'd been returning
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cannot stop my heart and mind
everyone who's in the know says
that's exactly how it goes
and if there's anything good about me
I'm the only one who knows
Jack will will put meg in the closet he locks all his other band members in until he needs them again.
I'm driving on the opposite side of the freeway, white freeway stripes pass me, my life is over good bye everyone...
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Well, there goes a great band from Michigan.
Everyone has a certain genre of music that speaks to them. It is not always about the technical difficulty, rather the emotions that pour out of whoever is playing or singing. There are artists out there who are technically superior yet their music does nothing for me. Jack White puts a great deal of soul into his music and because of him I have been introduced to even greater music, i.e. Son House. Thank you, Jack White. I look forward to more of your music.
You made my life some killing sport for one reason u used a school at the beging
jack is a great blues man,he's got great style, almost reminds me of mike ness of social distortion..
I really have my doubts that many of the critics of The White Stripes have actually listened to them. I challenge you to find another duo that can play as well in a stadium. As for people saying Jack stole his riffs and Zeppelin was the greatest band ever I'd like for you to take a good long look at Robert Johnson and tell me again how original Zeppelin was. Further it seems like everyone is a drummer when it comes time to put down Meg but I've known plenty of you wanna be Neil Peart types that can't play a straight beat for anything.
Thank you for your comment. You hit the nail on the head.
Agreed. How can you steal blues riffs, anyway? You can straight up steal lyrics, i.e. The Lemon Song, but riffs? People need to know more about infringement and how it pertains to the music industry before spouting off.
I love it when people say stuff like, "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 think that means jack to fans. I don't care about this band but I know plenty of my favorite bands have broken up and I NEVER thought it was a "good thing."
Just like when a college athlete goes pro before his 4 years are up and says, "I hope nobody is upset with me, but ... " Of course they are! You do them NO good leaving. Doesn't mean we don't understand why they're doing what they're doing but don't expect us to be happy about it.
Besides Seven Nation Army I can't seem to recall any of their other songs. I'm sorry but thtey weren't that relevant. More like one hit wonders.
Dont know them but I love rap music!!
They'll be back. I've seen bands on "farewell" tours before and they always tour again. Sometimes it's because the money runs dry. Sometimes of boredom. A lot of bands make these types of announcements but don't consider that their future is quite a long time and anything can happen. The only bands that break up for good are from a death of a member or a genuine hatred for one another.
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If the rolling stones like them, that's good enough for me
Just one of Many Grrrrrrreat local bands within Detroit,that had a magical presence both live and on record,simple truth! Those that never caught'em live or even better,bac here at the Lager House...just Don't Know really what kinda Ear Candy they really were passing out! So do your ear's a favor,get your Ass out and see, support local music...it may just be the Ear Candy U need!
So anyone can comment?
Their statement should have included "we are breaking up because moons has ever heard our music and noons knows who we are. We hoped after sixteen years someone might have actually heard if us."
Sorry about my spell checker. Should say no ones not moons and noons 🙂
Man, white stripe! That was my favorite beer. I will miss all those funny commercials with that funny jamacan dude " RELAX GET TO IT!" Well maybe I will start drinking water, or something......
yeah your post said it all jermaine. Oh wait I lied. I dont care for the white stripes but bringing hip hop into the conversation is retarded. hip hop is for the ignorant with g.e.d's and they should slap everyone that said ebonics should be taught in schools. You're an idiot.
One of the best bands ever!!!
Lol. I've never even heard of this group, and it makes major news network news!
This country and it's skewed media priorities are hilarious.
the white stripes were nothing but a brown stripe in my under ware. Egypt could use a good protest song right now. Any takers?
The white stripes were amazing plain and simple
And its one-two-three-four-ONE... not one-two...threefourone...two-three-four...onetwo...drummer lady.
After three years actually of being marginally interesting is more accurate to say.
Bands dont last that long anymore, who remembers The Strokes?
Its just the nature of biz now. Bands, solo recording artists, they don't last that long.
... Icky Thump sittin' drunk on a wagon to Mexico!! loved The White Stripes... they'll be missed!!
Glen Cambells 'Rhinestone Cowboy'...that's as good as it gets.
Miss them already.
Shut up and make another record you junkies. And to the rest screw you. They rock and have more talent in one pinky than you have in the stubs your keyboard suffers abuse from.
I think the White Stripes drank too much of the Red Koolaid.Remember to monitor your Koolaid consumption boy's and girls! or you too will begin to refer to yourselves in the third person like the White Stripes beware !!!
Porcupine Tree are the best band since Pink Floyd. By far
The Dead Weather is better!!
Love the White Stripes, named my cat Jolene after I fell in love with their version of the song. I really am surprised to see so many people bashing them – even if you're not a huge fan of their type of music I'd think you could still recognize their immense talent and appreciate their unique sound.
rap sucks. learn to make music not steal it
Very classy bow out. Both of you will remain in the hearts of your fans. Thank you for the years. Welcome to history.
I think they wrote several very creative and enjoyable tunes, but a lot of their songs were disappointing. Reminds me of Phish and their loyal following. For some, they could do no wrong. I felt they pushed the envelope a bit too far (milked it, IMHO), and probably would have left a better mark if they had only released the songs that were truly worthwhile. I never liked the Grateful Dead for the same reason. Guess I picked the wrong decade/century to stop doing drugs. Meg is one heck of a drummer, and despite the plain-Jane appearance, there's just something about her...um, personality.
The Pink Socks
They should rename the band 'The Pink Eyes'. Either that or the dude quit the band just to get some sleep.
'bout friggin' time
I eat poop!
Almost all of you are idiots.
Nuh-uh. I spit the atom sitting on the toilet last night.
I think it might be difficult for people to appreciate they're music due to the fact that people rely solely on the radio for music exposure. They are given a small amount of "approved pop culture" music and they are fooled into believing that the music they hear over and over is good. We are told what to like. Most people are missing out on amazing music by listening to pop radio.
Sad times. Good music that doesnt sound manufactured or cookie cutter is a rare gem. They will be remembered years to come. A style no one will be able to master.
Well, we can all go watch meg's s3x tape and remember the good old days.
The White who???
To Mark. that had to be THE most RIDICULOUS statement i've ever heard and i live in TEXAS. I could play three notes on a guitar that had more style than anything jack white thought of/"borrowed" for a song. If anybody deserves to be named one of the most stylistic blues guitarists its Paul Waggoner from Between the Buried and Me. Sure you may not like the heavy parts of their music, but i promise if you heard his blues solos you would crap your pants. To jermaine. Rap was never at the top. it never will be, because all those crappy beats youre talking about are just rap beats played by actualy people who know how to write REAL beats. not machines that repeat "bass hihat snare hihat" the entire time. you suck at life and so do 90% of people that rap. the only good ones arent rappers or go by the stagename Atmosphere(who coincidentally has a REAL percussionist...if you know what the word means) and i disagree that led zepplin is the best. GREAT band. just not my favorite. though plant will always be awesome tho
Youre an idiot
wow I can't believe all the negative comments about The White Stripes! I'm assuming the people who are thanking God they've broken up and are dissing Jack's guitar playing as cat scratch mess have never seen them live... Amazing duo! Jack White is a BRILLIANT lyricist who never bowed down to throwing F-bombs in his songs... not that I mind them, but this is music that I play for my newphew and he loves it! Some albums were better than others – White Blood Cells, in my opinion, is definitely a top 10 album of the first decade of 2010 in all genres. Admittedly, Meg wasn't the best drummer (has she heard of other time signatures other than 4/4?) – but what she lacked in talent made up for in charm. And sometimes simple music is great - really and honestly. So much hate for such a talented duo...sad.
Finally someone on here who sounds like they really appreciated the White Stripes. I would love to defend the Stripes against everyone who thinks they own the right to pick apart art like they go to museums and call well-established and recognized artists talentless... but art doesn't have to be judged, or justified.
I love to see the Whites ending a band in such an elegant manner, it's so rare to see and it's a pleasure to think it was on good terms. That makes for a possible reunion between the two in later projects. I'm excited to see what more comes of this.
I absolutely love The White Stripes. That level of creativity is simply unheard of now. It's disappointing. I love so much of their music. I really hoped they'd come back so I could finally see them live. Jack White rocks!!!!
They were more then a one hit wonder. Doorbell wasn't a half bad song. They definatley had a style. Until then I've been thinking about my doorbell when u gunna ring it when u gunna ring it.
Meg is the ugliest woman I would bang.
But the question is would she let you??
I agree Ron.
Very sad news. The Whites Stripes were one of the last real rock bands out there. The music they shared with us was meaningful and unique. Although I am saddened by this, I am glad that they lefttheir music as it was :amazing, instead of putting out a half assed album because they were!'t feeling it. God Bless Jack and Meg White.
Plus you are right poster named me. Led Zeppelin is almost like hearing GOD perform music.
Led Zeppelin sucks.
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Never heard of these folks before now. Has anyone else ?
So sad now we're stuck with no talent bands that "samle" other bands!!!
Don't get too excited in the Marquee Blogs. I know this because you missed a "p" in the word "sample."
I enjoyed much of the output from the White Stripes. Their mix of blues and country into guitar driven rock has been a breath of fresh air in a world full of Nickelback's and Creed's. Jack's side projects have been a mixed bag, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Ashley Simpson was better.
Yeah cause lip singing takes so much talent
Not the greatest band, but they were interesting.
That's too bad. Apart from Mumford & Sons, the White Stripes are the only band in the last decade that I've seen fit to buy an album from. I'd be interested to know what those who don't like them do think qualifies as good music. Some things really are just a matter of taste. Others (Paris Hilton) can be universally panned.
That's really a shame, for there are a myriad great bands to release albums this last decade. Try out some Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Interpol or The Mars Volta.
Still, I have sad face at the break-up.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them out. 🙂
I am sorry. But most of you people are proof that the US REALLY needs to provide better education. And the greatest band ever? Seriously? Led Zeppelin. Bite it and live your lives.
Before you point fingers at everyone else, look in the mirror. You also contribute to the things you mention in your comment. You don't start sentences with the word "But."
thank god these white folks dun. they need to being hip hop culture to the top. enough of these garbage beats and distorted guitars. being back rap to the top!
Yes because stealing other peoples music and reciting mundane poetry over it is original and interesting? YAWN
Rap and hip hop is dead it died with Blondie........Rapture!!!!
I'm goin' to Wichita!
this band rocks, nice to see them going out on top. I'd like to go off on Meg's sweet jugs. mmm mm. oh dear, I just came...again. Dead leaves indeed.
How dare they. How old are they now anyway?
The White Stripes will be missed but this is not the end...
Ends and beginnings – there are no such things...
There are only middles... On to the next episode of rock and roll. To be continued...
**The White Stripes. Not White Strips.
How will I ever go on with life now? I better go n suicide watch for a day or two!
Anyone who doesn't recognize that Seven Nation Army is one of the greatest guitar songs ever has no taste. The rest was mediocre bur they had one great song. Farewell and so long.
That's where I'm coming from, too. One truly kick-ass song in a library that otherwise leaves me cold. Breaking up? Don't really care.
Best guitar song ever? Dude, it's the same riff played over and over again with a mediocre solo in the middle. Catchy and creative yes, but best? Far from it. I liked the video a lot too. Very trippy.
dead leaves on the dirty ground?
OH THAT THE GODS I MEAN THIS BAND HADS TO HAVE BEAN ONE OF THE MOST OVER RATED TERRIBAD GROUPS TO EVER CURSE US WITH THERE SO CALLED MUSIC I MEAN THEY ARE WORSE THAN THAT CHICK BEIVER
Crawl back in your hole retard.
I'm sorry honey, but did your Mama leave the computer on where you could reach it. Don't use the keyboard – that is for big people.
I can make giant white stripes on the table...oh yeah!!
whole fried shrimp sub with lettuce. tomato, and mayonaise from Dino's on Belair Road, hons
Lets party and forget about all our problems!!
Jack and meg, you're style will be missed. Can't wait to hear jack play guitar with other projects. Like it or not folks, he is one of most stylistic and kick ass bluesman ever.
Dead weather and raconteurs
The place in my sould where happiness happens has died....
how am I going to be able to sleep tonight? This sucks no more white stripes time to get drunk and call off work.
life has no meaning!