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The White Stripes 'officially' split up

After thirteen years of making catchy, lo-fi music together Jack White’s Third Man Records website posted an announcement yesterday which stated that the band had ‘officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live.’

Since forming in 1997, the formerly married duo - who added to their mystique by wearing nothing but red, white and black and posing as brother and sister in their early career - rocketed to fame in the post-punk revival scene of the early 2000s.

Jack White’s involvement with other bands such as The Raconteurs and, more recently, The Dead Weather had led to previous rumours that the White Stripes had split up. This time, however, their fans are going to have to believe it: ‘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.'

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