The reasons for the amicable split are not entirely clear, but according to the Third Man Records website, “the reason is not due to artistic differences, or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health”.
Despite whatever reason the band came to in regards to the split, the band hopes the news is not ‘met with sorrow’. Even though there will be no future recordings by the band, fans can still look forward to unreleased studio and live records via the band’s Third Man Vault subscription service and other outlets.
The last 13+ years the band has been together have gone by in a blur, I will admit. In that short amount of time, The White Stripes have ushered in a new era of rock n’ roll, recorded some incredible records, and I’m sure have inspired many garage acts to follow in their place.
As John Lennon once said about the break-up of The Beatles, ‘it’s not the end of the world. You’ve got all the records if you still want to reminisce.’ We all hear you there, John. Instead of mourning the loss of another great rock band, let us instead celebrate the art they did give us, and hope there is a chance for a reunion somewhere down the road. Besides, as busy as Jack White is, this isn’t the last we will ever hear from him…or Meg.