February 2, 2011
After more than 13 years, six crackling studio albums and exactly one basic color scheme, The White Stripes are calling it quits.
The band made the announcement Wednesday (February 2) in a letter posted on their (now crashed) website, writing, "[The] 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," the statement continued, "but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."
The Stripes " who have been making waves in and around Detroit since first forming in 1997 " famously burst onto the international scene in 2001, riding the wave of garage-rock nostalgia and buoyed by their stripped-down recordings, thunderous live Shows and, of course, their own mythology (a steadfast dedication to their red-and-white color pattern and the claim that frontman Jack White and drummer Meg White were brother and sister). That Fame (and mythology) only grew with each subsequent album they recorded " 2003's Grammy-winning Elephant, '05's odd Get Behind Me Satan and 2007's Icky Thump " and last year, they released "Under Great White Northern Lights," a documentary that followed the duo on their quest to perform in every Canadian province and territory.