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The White Stripes announce break-up on their website

by Shannon Harris on February 3, 2011

The White Stripes, often considered one of the best contemporary rock bands of the last decade, have called it quits. The band announced the split on their website Wednesday, saying that they would no longer record or perform live. While there were no specific reasons given, the statement indicated that they wanted to preserve their music the way it was.

Although the recent announcement did not go into details, there has been speculation that Jack White's numerous side projects are the likely culprit of the break-up. White is a member of several other acts, including The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, both of which have produced several albums on their own, while others credit White's considerable respect for rock history as the reason.

"The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want," the band wrote on their website. "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."

Comprised of White and his ex-wife Meg, The White Stripes gained fame in the early 2000s as one of the pioneers of a garage rock revival, along with The Strokes and The Hives. The band's third album, 2001's White Blood Cells, earned them widespread acclaim, and by the end of the decade they had won three straight Grammys for Best Alternative Music Album.

Many place White among the greatest guitarists of the last 20 years, and the band left an indelible mark on the music world with iconic tunes like "Seven Nation Army" and "Fell in Love With a Girl."

Despite their success, the band was less and less active in recent years as Jack became more entrenched in his side projects, and they last toured in 2007.  

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