Depois de 13 anos agradando crítica e público, a banda White Stripes anunciou seu fim nesta quarta (2), em um comunicado oficial no site. A dupla Meg e Jack White disseram que a separação acontece por uma miríade de razões e que terminaram para que “fosse preservado o que há de bonito e especial na banda”.

O comunicado deixa claro que não haverá mais shows ao vivo nem novas gravações. Jack e Meg também fizeram questão de enfatizar que a separação não acontece por conta de divergência entre os dois. Disseram ainda que os fãs deveriam ver o fim como algo positivo e um respeito à arte e música que eles criaram.

Todos sabem que Jack vem se dedicando a trabalhos paralelos há tempos, com relativo sucesso. Já Meg, sempre introspectiva, não revela muito de seus planos. O White Stripes fizeram sucesso no início dos anos 2000, no chamado “Novo Rock”, que revelou bandas como Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs e The Rapture.

Veja o anúncio do fim na íntegra (em inglês).

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

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