Meg and Jack white formed the White Stripes in 1997 but recently called it quits in February due to <a href="http://www.thirdmanrecords.com/news3.html">"artistic differences."</a> Their accomplishments include six phenomenal albums, a couple of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_and_nominations_received_by_The_White_Stripes#Grammy_Awards">Grammys</a> for Best Rock Song/Alternative Music Performance in 2004, Best Alternative Album in 2008 and Best Boxed or Special Limited Ed. Package in 2011 (to name a few). They were even the opening act for the Rolling Stones on more than one occasion.
Despite their notoriety, it came as no surprise to fans that the <a href="http://www.time.com/time/sampler/article/0,8599,130930,00.html">fake brother and sister/formerly married</a> duo decided to officially break up since Jack White's immense amount of side projects (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs) seemed to shift his focus away from the White Stripes.
The White Stripes legacy will survive long past their demise since their label, <a href="http://modlife.com/thirdmanrecords/blog">Third Man Records</a> <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126388123">(which is actually owned by Jack White)</a>,announced that they will release live recordings and unseen video footage. Even congresswoman Donna Edwards helped to reinforce their lasting legacy whenever she quoted "Cause and Effect" while protesting the impending governmental shut down.
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The remaining message from the band can be found on Third Man Records <a href="http://www.thirdmanrecords.com/news3.html">website</a>: "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 involvment will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful."