Essay accompanying release details the band's final night as the candy-colored Detroit duo

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A piece of Detroit rock history, via Mississippi, is being offered to collectors for the first time.

Audio from the White Stripes' final concert is now available on nugs.net. The show was held on July 31, 2007 at Snowden Grove Amphitheater in Southaven, Mississippi, about 15 minutes south of Memphis, and marked the end of the group's summer run of dates. 

Unbeknownst to most, it also marked the end of Jack and Meg White's 10-year run as the White Stripes. 

In an essay accompanying the show's audio, Third Man Records co-founder and White Stripes archivist Ben Blackwell recalls Meg White telling him prior to the show that it would be the band's final concert. 

"Apropos of nothing, cups in hand, not even in a conversation at that point, Meg said to me, 'I think this is the last White Stripes show,'" Blackwell writes. "Confused, I responded 'Well, yeah, last show of this leg of the tour.' She replied 'No…I think this is the last White Stripes show ever' and slowly walked away." 

The concert was the band's first-ever in the state of Mississippi, "and it’s clear the deep musical heritage of the state loomed large in Jack’s mind as he attacked the performance setlist-free," Blackwell writes. 

The band's 24-song set opens with "Stop Breaking Down" and weaves through touchstones such as "Icky Thump," "In the Cold, Cold Night," "Hotel Yorba," "Ball and Biscuit" before wrapping with a cover of Leadbelly's "Boll Weevil." 

The set costs $9.95 for an MP3 download and is available in a variety of other formats, including a CD issue for $19.97.

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