This image is the last of the White Stripes that we’ll ever see together.
This image, and an official message from Jack and Meg are at the front page of The White Stripes’ official site. Citing that it is not a conflict of artistic vision, or for wanting to continue, but for a “myriad of reasons,” that the band has decided to split, and to ‘preserve what is special about the band, and have it stay that way.’
There will no longer be any new material, or live performances from the White Stripes; however, rarities and live recordings of the band will continue to be released through the Third Man Records Vault subscription service.
The letter ends with this: “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 grateful.”
If anyone is going to bother analyzing this, you could point to just how exhausting the last tour was for the band, or that Jack White continues to spiral further and further out into other projects, or that Meg White has recently started a family of her own. Or, with that final message of wishing to ‘preserve the band,’ it could be argued that, as Jack’s most intimate project, it is increasingly frustrating to deal with it as a commodity. His hatred for reselling rare music and items from the band has been well documented. But nevermind that.
I think we should do precisely as they say and skip mourning the end of a band, and just come to expect new and bigger things in the future. Hopefully, it means new projects from Meg just as we know Jack will always be in the spotlight.
Whatever the case, this is an opportunity for all of us to grow as fans of the White Stripes, and of Meg and Jack specifically.
(*Sigh* now I’ll never see them live. . .)