Musical powerhouse duo Jack and Meg White of the Detroit, Mich., underground alternative music scene called it quits on Feb. 2 after an incredible 13-year career as The White Stripes.
The news ended an era that can only be described as one of “De Stijl” (translated to the name of their second album, “The Style”).
Known for their chalky white skin, jet black hair and red accents, The White Stripes birthed six beautiful records between 1998 and 2007.
These albums included songs such as “Fell in Love with a Girl,” “Seven Nation Army” and “Blue Orchid.”
The news hit the web via The White Stripes’ website through a letter written by the pair to their fans. They wrote that they “hope this decision isn’t met with great sorrow.”
Also in their letter, they said, “The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues.”
While Meg focused only on The White Stripes, Jack explored options outside of the duo.
In 2004, Jack White contributed to the soundtrack for the movie “Cold Mountain,” winning a Grammy for his work. He also formed the alternative band The Raconteurs in 2005, who are also from Detroit. Though Jack expanded his music capabilities outside The White Stripes, he and Meg continued to make music during this time, releasing “Get Behind me Satan” in 2005 and “Icky Thump” in 2007.
The White Stripes first gained acclaim at the 2001 South by Southwest Music Festival in Texas.
It wasn’t just their peculiar appearances, Meg’s cymbal explosion, or Jack’s hypnotic guitar riffs that caught the attention of the music world.
Rather, it was the attitude of their song “Fell in Love with a Girl,” which jolted them onto the Billboard charts and into the public eye.
As their success spread like chicken pox, rumors began to surface of Jack and Meg’s relationship; rumors stretched from brother and sister, to married couple, to a brother who married his sister. But the brother-sister myth was put to rest in 2001, when their 1996 marriage was uncovered, along with their 2000 divorce.
The duo won a surplus of awards during their career, which they describe as “intense and incredible.”
Among their awards included three from the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards for their contagious song, “Fell in Love With a Girl.”
Their album “Elephant” earned four Grammy nominations in 2003 and won Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Song. Their albums “Get Behind Me Satan” and “Icky Thump” also won Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album in their respective years.
Over their 13-year career, Jack and Meg White collected a total of 14 awards from 50 nominations for The White Stripes.
With a music era at its end, Jack and Meg left on their website last wishes for their fans: “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.”
Jack continues to make music with his band The Raconteurs, but the future music plans for Meg are not known.
What is known is that the legacy of the White Stripes will certainly inspire current and future musicians in all genres for decades to come.