For almost fourteen years, The White Stripes were a band that brought back the deep heart and blues of alternative rock. Crossing generations with their fan base, the strategically color- coordinated duo of Jack and Meg White continued to top the charts and expand the idea of timeless rock and roll. Earlier today, the band’s normally dormant web site featured a poignant letter to the fans about the fate of their beloved twosome: It is now officially over. Understanding that the end of new tracks from the band would be devastating, Meg and Jack broke the news as if it was a death in the family, noting that they “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’s in this spirit of appreciation for what The White Stripes were that we must not dwell on the absence of new albums (especially considering they have been MIA since late 2007), but we must remember what made them special in the music scene for over a decade.
We’ll miss you, Jack and Meg, but you will continue to be played for years to come.