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White Stripes fans on duo's decision to call it a day
3 February 2011
Last updated at 11:24
The Detroit duo of Jack and Meg have split. We look back at the White Stripes story - and get your thoughts on their break-up.
The White Stripes headlined several major UK festivals including Glastonbury in 2005. James Stokes on Newsbeat's Facebook says: "Gutted they split - but ... on later albums they didn't compete with 'Elephant' or 'White Blood Cells'.
Jack and Meg arriving to a session for Radio One's Zane Lowe show in 2007. Andy texted to say: "I just don't know what to do with myself. White Stripes will be well missed."
This picture shows Meg at the same 2007 Maida Vale session. The group formed 13 years ago and released six studio albums. Lee from Yeovil says: "White Stripes are and always will be a legend."
Jack and Meg issued a statement thanking fans for their support. Joel from Sheffield texted Radio 1's Zane Lowe when news of the split broke to say: "White Stripes are the entire reason for me listening to rock music and picking up a guitar. Gutted."
Here's an archive shot from a performance on BBC 1's Top Of the Pops back in the day! The pair released their most recent album 'Icky Thump' in 2007.
Giving their reasons for splitting, Jack and Meg said it was not "due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues".
The pair are best-known for songs 'Hotel Yorba', 'Fell In Love With A Girl' and 'Seven Nation Army'. They say they are parting for a "myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band."
This photo dates back to 2003, at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Edinburgh. "Sad day for music," says Dugie on Newsbeat's Facebook page. "Their new stuff wasn't as good as the early days, but few bands have the energy the White Stripes produced on stage."
On hearing the news of the split, Leah from Wales texted Radio 1 simply to say: "God save the White Stripes."
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