The White Stripes officially call it quits

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After a few years of inactivity, The White Stripes announced yesterday that the band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live. In a letter to fans posted on the website, Jack and Meg White explained that the reason for calling it quits was “not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues”. Rather, it was a “myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve What is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.”

“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore,” the two said. “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.”

The duo, who were once married but are no divorced, first began playing music in Detroit in 1997. They went to release six studio albums, their last being 2007’s Icky Thump. 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

Over the past few years, Jack White has remained active in music by performing with The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.

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