Groundhog forecasts a
cloudy future. The band belongs to you now, kids.
By Fred Mills
That collective, “OH MY!” and accompanying gasp? It’s the
sound of bloggers across the web, registering their dismay at the news this afternoon
of the White Stripes break-up. (Or maybe it’s dismay at being only one of 512
media outlets to “break” the news… wait, make that 516, 4 more just pinged
Google news in the time it took us to type that sentence…)
That’s right: the groundhog popped out of his hole today,
Feb. 2, saw his shadow, and caused the White Stripes to confirm what a lot of
people saw coming a long time ago, particularly in light of Jack White’s
multitasking like a mofo over the past few years with myriad side projects and
work on his Third Man label.
In all seriousness, though, we’ve lost a great band. Below
is what Jack and Meg wrote at their WhiteStripes.com website, and we at BLURT
with both of them well. R.I.P.
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
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
Meg and Jack White
The White Stripes