Jack White explains White Stripes split comment at SXSW

Guitarist elaborates on February statement in Austin

Jack White has explained some of the comments he made about The White Stripes splitting last month.

He and Meg White announced they were no longer a band on February 2.

In their statement they said: “The White Stripes do not belong to Jack and Meg anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now, and you can do with it whatever you want.”


The guitarist was quizzed about what he meant by the New York Times at the South By Southwest festival yesterday (March 16). “People say, ‘Why didn’t you do this? Why didn’t you do that?’,” he replied. “Or, ‘Don’t you owe something to somebody or to yourselves?’ All those questions.”

He added: “That line was the idea of explaining to them that at a certain point as an artist, you paint your painting, you do your sculpture or your music, and you release it into the world. You don’t own it anymore. You have no control over it. You put it out there to share with other people. You can only hope for the best.”

He was also asked if, by suggesting by the band did “not belong” to them anymore, he was giving fans the green light to remix White Stripes songs. “It was a side comment in a funny way about the way things are done now with that,” he replied. “But I meant it in a more romantic sense.”

White played a surprise show at SXSW yesterday.

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