The White Stripes Break Up

A Detroit band that brought international attention to the city’s so-called "garage rock revival" of the late 1990s is breaking up.

In a statement released on their website, the White Stripes are announcing that they will no longer perform together or record any new material. The band, which was formed in 1997 in Detroit by then husband and wife Jack White on vocals and guitar and Meg White on drums, brought a stripped down approach to rock music and when on to international acclaim. The sound of the White Stripes blended low-fi techniques with influences such as delta blues with Detroit’s proto-punk and garage rock past. During their time, the White Stripes released six-full length albums and over a dozen singles.

In recent years, Jack White has been busy with side projects and a record label after leaving Detroit for Nashville, Tennessee. Meg White was recently re-married to Jackson Smith – the son of rockers Patti Smith and Fred “Sonic” Smith of the MC5.

The break up statement says the White Stripes are calling it quits to simply quote “preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.”