But what will Meg do now?
Grammy award winning, platinum-selling duo The White Stripes have officially announced that they’ve disbanded. According to a statement posted on the band’s website, the split arrived, not due to artistic differences or health problems, but rather “to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.” The statement goes on to say that “The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack any more. 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.” Despite this news, perhaps fans can console themselves in knowing that, although they will no longer be touring or releasing new albums, frontman Jack White’s Third Man Records will still be periodically releasing White Stripes material through its Vault subscription record club. As for The White Stripes, they can’t feel all that bad about the split, considering news of the breakup spiked sales of the band’s merchandise by vertigo-inducing numbers. Sales of their last release alone, Under The Great White Northern Lights, went up by 2,644 per cent on amazon.com the day after the announcement.
Eldest Bob Marley child and Grammy-winning musician Ziggy Marley will be throwing his hat into the graphic novel ring now that his comic book series, Marijuanaman, has a release date. The series, written by Man of Action Studios and illustrated by Jim Mahfood, involves “a noble extraterrestrial champion, who has arrived on Earth to deliver an important message and at the same time save his own planet.” Marley explains that “Marijuanaman represents the hope of the future… the hope that we will utilize all of the power that the universe has given us to save our planet.” The comic book will hit store shelves on the contextually significant date of April 20.
Vai’s latest record is of the Guiness variety
Virtuoso guitarist and G3 alumni Steve Vai is hoping to set a new world record for the largest online guitar lesson on March 3. In collaboration with the Berklee College of Music’s website and livestream, the Grammy-winning musician will be hosting the 30-minute lesson live form a New York City studio. The session will focus on how guitarists can discover their unique talents when it comes to the their instruments. Vai will also be answering questions submitted to him online by fans at the end of the lesson. For more information or to submit a question, visit berkleemusic.com/vai-live.
And now, a shameless plug
On March 16, mtvU’s Woodie awards show will take place in Austin, Texas. In case you’ve never heard of it, the show sells itself as “the definitive award show for college students, and the music they care about.” So why should you care? Well this year, Concordia’s very own CJLO has the potential to snag the College Radio Woodie Award. CJLO, recently voted 2010’s “Station of the Year” at the CMJ College Radio Awards, is the only Canadian station eligible for this honour. So, if you want to see your university radio station get some much deserved recognition, vote for it at radiowoodie.ratemyprofessors.com.