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The White Stripes breakup and popular music discovers it has cancer

The White StripesHearing the news that one of your favourite sources of artistic and cultural entertainment will cease to exist is a tough pill to swallow, regardless of how much time and effort you put into appreciating the product being put out there. Though nothing compares to the death of an actual person, the death of an artistic & cultural entity can have a great impact one’s life – particularly in the way that one spends their time & money.

But for me personally, of all the arts  and culture that can come and go, nothing seems to inspire the types of emotions like the way a musical group or band does.  And while the finale of a certain television show, a movie series, the end of a series of novels, or even the destruction of famous landmark can bring out a plethora of emotions within a person – it’s music that does it for me, above all others.

So when I found out that The White Stripes were breaking up (as was announced on their website on February 2, 2010), needless to say I was crushed.

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.”

Sincerely,
Meg and Jack White
The White Stripes

The Detroit based duo were my favourite band from the past decade. Whether it was the music, the persona, the music videos, the performances, and even their appearance, this band delivered. Sure any band can eschew extraordinary talent, but to combine that talent with an all-out effort and an unashamed attitude – those are ingredients to create a successful band.

And that’s exactly what this band did from start to finish.

When everyone was downloading music, I went out and bought their album.

When the band had to postpone their August 2003 show because of an injury to Jack White’s fingers, I still showed up to that makeup show on November 13, where my dad drove my friend and I in some ugly weather all the way to the Hershey Centre in th desolate wastelands of Missausauga, Ontario. And boy was that a fun show.

I wrote about the band back in December 2009, saying how their 2003 album Elephant was my favourite album of the decade.

Sure they were not your typical band – with only two members, and with Jack White sometimes switching between instruments between and during songs. Sure people questioned the band’s lack of a bass player or whether Meg White actually knew how to drum. But to all those folk, I will follow the example of the band and ignore the naysayers. But not because I could care less to hear it, but rather because I am too busy rocking out to listen to or care about anything else.

The band was different, and that’s why I liked them.

And they got it – it being what it took to make great music. And all of your fans, especially myself, are extremely grateful for all that you’ve contributed.

…And now we have to find another band  to revive the terrible state that rock music finds itself in today… And bring back the masses from filling themselves with musical arrogance & pretentiousness – aka pop, dance and rap music.

In 1991, it was Nirvana and the grunge scene, which also spawned the rise in alternative rock music that prevailed in the later 90’s.

And in 2002-3,  it was the White Stripes and garage rock scene, which also gave way to the indy rock scene that’s doing it’s best to stay above ground, while maintaining it’s underground fervor (As awesome as they are, Arcade Fire can only make so much amazing music… they’ll need some real help).

Who will be the next big band to bring back rock music this decade? We’ll just have to wait and see…

And to them, I will say, in the words of  Jack White (and I hope they remain true): “I can tell that we are gonna be friends.”

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