Jimi Hendrix US Postage Stamp To Be Unveiled At SXSW Festival
Johnny Cash and Ray Charles have been honored with their likeness on United States Postage Stamps. On Thursday, March 13th, the United Postal Service will pay tribute to Jimi Hendrix with the latest installment of the Music Icons series.The stamp will feature Hendrix performing in a colorful original painting created by artist Rudy Guttierez.
The stamp sheet, which also features art by Guttierez, is designed to resemble a 45 rpm single sleeve and includes a painting of Hendrix's face surrounded by images that represent his lyrics and aspects of his life story. The stamps are "Forever" stamps that can be used on all standard sized letters.
To celebrate the stamp's debut, a special all-star unveiling event and concert will be held at Butler Park in Austin, Texas, in conjunction with the South by Southwest music festival. The showcase, dubbed A Jimi Hendrix Celebration, will include performances by The Doors' Robby Krieger, Slash, longtime Paul McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson, Dave and Phil Alvin of The Blasters, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and his wife Etty, King's X singer/bassist Doug Pinnick and founding MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, who also is curating the tribute.
Hendrix stamps can be per-ordered at USPS.com.