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White Stripes Break Up … Again

After long hiatus, Detroit duo ends 13-year band with claims of no artistic differences or ill health


The White Stripes have broken up.

Jack and Meg White, who were once married, announced Wednesday that after over 13 years, they are ending their professional relationship as well.

“Their band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live,” said the statement on the band’s website. “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.”

The Grammy wining stylish Detroit duo, with Meg on drums and Jack on lead vocals, guitar and keyboards, have not put out a new album since 2007’s critically acclaimed “Icky Thump.” Since then Jack White, who has worked with Loretta Lyn and more recently Wanda Jackson, has played and released album with his two other bands the Raconteurs and Dead Weather.

Most recently, in 2009 the White Stripes, who according to today’s announcement will “put out unreleased live and studio recording,” released a live album and film of “Under Great White Northern Lights” detailing the band’s 10 year anniversary tour of Canada.

“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore,” the band said Wednesday. “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.” 

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