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The news just broke that the White Stripes are no longer. Even casual acquaintances of mine might assume I’m drowning in red and white tears over “the end” of one of my favorite groups. I am a little.

But actually I’m slightly relieved because nothing stings more than a beloved band going the way of just-too-much.  I’ve loved watching the amazing White Stripes trajectory since I began my Jack White love affair {June 15, 2000 to be exact, when I saw them open for Aislers Set and Bratmobile at an afternoon show at the Sit & Spin}. I’m so happy for Jack & Meg and the masses that we’ve had over a decade of scarlet and ivory good times {and great limited edition stuffs}. 

I can honestly say I’ve never been disappointed by a single White Stripes release or show or media interaction, so it makes sense that I’m likewise impressed with Jack’s announcement of the break-up {as posted on Third Man}:

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 involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”

Meg and Jack White
The White Stripes

I am comforted by the thought that this will give more time for Jack and Conan to hang out and possibly play a couple more shows together. Until the time I get invited over to the White house for some biscuits and jam, I’ll watch this video of them performing my first favorite White Stripes songs ever {the medley of “You’re Pretty Good Looking” and “Hello Operator”}.

Any White Stripes songs you’re going to miss seeing live? Also, which band is next to call it quits {or at least go on ‘hiatus’}?

Side note question: When is Seattle going to get a laundromat / coffee house / board game central / show venue again?  It was such a perfect thing.  Can we all collectively get on that?