The White Stripes Hang It Up
This duo out of Detroit helped spark the garage-rock movement in Michigan. After 14 years together The White Stripes are calling it quits.
A neighbor turned me onto The White Stripe's Elephant CD and I was impressed by all the Hendrix-like sounds the guitarist produced. Later I saw them in the Jim Jarmusch film Coffee and Cigarettes. Then on Conan O'Brian's late night show they were the musical guests for an entire week, I was hooked.
Jack Gillis married Meg White in 1996 and he took her surname to become Jack White. In some early interviews they claimed to be brother and sister. They divorced in 2000.
Jack White has played in the Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. Recently he produced and played on comeback albums for two country artists, Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson.
On February 2, 2011, the duo announced that they would officially cease recording and performing music as The White Stripes. The announcement specifically denied any artistic differences or health issues, but cited "a myriad of reasons ... mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band."