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Yes, you read that right, The White Stripes broke up today. Although they haven't put out any new music since 2007, I'm still saddened to hear this. They were one of the top artists of the last decade for me, and are in my top 20 artists of all time.
Here's the story.
I don't know, maybe Jack White will find something special in another band, but I think his style needs to be minimalist and raw to be that good.
I can't say I'm surprised. With not one but TWO other bands being thriving concerns for JW, the odds of the Stripes putting out any new music were probably getting slimmer every day.
I do agree with Bill that the Stripes format was the best showcase for Jack's talents - I seriously doubt that either the Raconteurs or the Dead Weather will ever make an album as good as WBC or ELEPHANT (or even SATAN, an underappreciated record). And I can't help but wonder whether Meg's chronic anxiety problems might not have at least something to do with this. Regardless, the Stripes' body of work easily stands with that of any artist over the last decade.
(Meg can console herself with the knowledge that she has the coolest mother-in-law in the history of the universe. Maybe they can collaborate on something.)
Elephant is pumping out my speakers now. Still sounds fucking amazing.
Such a killer band and, while this is hardly shocking, it is gutting.
They will be missed.
The White Stripes were basically the last American rock stars. All of the other great american acts of the 00s, Wilco, Sufjan, Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips, etc were not multi-platinum superstars; The White Stripes were.
I think their success and long-standing acclaim speaks to the simple durability of their melodies, and the universal joy of cranking up a tasty Jack White fuzz tone riff. This was indie music that everyone could enjoy, and I think history will continue to reward the Stripes for their contributions to music.
I cried. Don't need to go any further.
They were a fun band. I liked some of their songs. I guess I just never got the massive hype.