Friday, February 25, 2011

Remembering The White Stripes

The White Stripes broke up this month (Wednesday, Febuary 2) and I would be remiss if I didn't post anything about such a significant loss in the music world. It may have passed over the heads of some but The White Stripes have established themselves as one of the biggest bands in the world and a dominant creative voice in their 13+ years of existence. The band has release some of my all time favorite songs, music videos and albums. I especially have to mention White Blood Cells which was a pivotal album in the evolution of my musical tastes and still holds true as a modern classic. The White Stripes were a testament to the fact that a band can reach the mainstream and still remain innovative album after album. They were also a crucial element in bringing blues back to mainstream radio which is something we should all be thankful for. The announcement was made on Jack White's Third Man Records with a graceful statement which can be found below along with some of my favorite songs and videos.

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 involvment will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful."

Meg and Jack White
The White Stripes
"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"

"Hotel Yorba"

"Fell in Love with a Girl"

"We're Going to Be Friends"

"Ball and Biscuit"

"The Hardest Button to Button"

"My Doorbell"

"The Denial Twist"

"Icky Thump"

"You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You're Told)" (Acoustic Version)

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