Is this really new news? The only thing that will be different is an end to the constant rumors that every show at Third Man is going to turn into a surprise White Stripes show. It's like Elvis sightings being fueled by the people who just can't accept he's been dead for 30 years. We got the best out of The White Stripes, and it's better to embrace the early years than to let a band keep cranking out forced music. Take for example almost EVERY BAND in history that kept putting out records way past their first 10 years. It can get pretty humiliating *cough, Bowie, cough*.
I'm just going to be very thankful that The White Stripes happened in my lifetime and keep playing the shit out of their first four records, which are my personal favorites.
Don't get me wrong, I am not cheerful to see the end of The White Stripes. They graced my life and changed my mind about music at a time when I couldn't put down Skinny Puppy records. I'm proud to say I've been off the Skinny Puppy for 10 years now (Thanks, Jack).
"It's better to burn out than fade away" Not even Neil Young could take his own advice.
But I somehow don't believe this is will be an end to the WS merchandise.
I coincidently moved to Nashville right about the same time Jack White did. He's made my residency here full of terrific shows and first dibs on great vinyl. Although I had listened to the White Stripes for many years prior, the real hook began when the White Stripes played the Cannery in 2007. I waited out front all day to make it to the front and it was well worth it when he stared directly at me for the duration of "We're Going to Be Friends". Awkward yet moving, I've been hooked ever sense (Thank you for the 2 minutes of bliss, Jack. I'm sure you don't remember, but I will never forget). Of all the things he does, he's clearly most in his element with a guitar and a live audience. Superb!
Actually, this is not an original design. Since I work at a used book store, I recognized it immediately. It's a 70's bible cover meant to appeal to the hippie crowd.
View a copy here:
Perhaps the cover art and title is their way of saying you should ditch Jesus.
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