The White Stripes Fade to Black

90964967 The White Stripes Fade to BlackThe White Stripes have announced their breakup — though Jack White is to remain a busy man, with side projects including bands like the Dead Weather and the Raconteurs and the release of the White-produced Wanda Jackson comeback record. Meg White will devote her time to cultivating an aura of mystery. Said the band:

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.

The mere fact that whitestripes.com, where the announcement is hosted, cannot handle the amount of traffic it’s getting right now and has crashed may be an indication of why it’s more lucrative, or productive, for Jack and Meg to part ways. We’ll always have Get Behind Me Satan!

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