Great bands normally don’t stay together very often. For all of the chaos The White Stripes gave fans in their videos, their actual music was some of the purest rock in the last decade. Quirky, aggressive and then some, Jack White’s vocals compiled with Meg White’s drum work was the stuff of legends. The only thing you need to know about how impactful the band was is how often you hear the background chants of “Seven Nation Army” during soccer matches.

Suffice to say, the band has reportedly called it quits. In a press release given to the New York Times, the band had the following to say:

“The band, consisting of the not-really-brother-and-sister Jack and Meg White, have not released an album in almost four years, and on Wednesday they formally announced on their Web site that they have broken up.

“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,” the two said in their statement. “It’s for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.”

“Before going their separate ways, the Whites concluded: “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.”

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