The United States Postal Service today issued the limited edition Jimi Hendrix “Forever” stamp as part of its music icons series.
“Jimi Hendrix helped found three new genres of music — heavy metal, jazz fusion and funk — and in doing so, left behind an indelible mark on pop music and popular culture generally,” said U.S.P.S. CFO and executive vice president Joseph Corbett in a release.
Designed by Greg Breeding, the Hendrix stamp sheet is set up to resemble a vintage 45 rpm vinyl record sleeve.
A dedication ceremony and an all-star concert to celebrate the Hendrix stamp is set for tonight as part of the South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival in Austin.
MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is curating the free show in Butler Park, which features the Doors’ Robby Krieger, Guns N’ Roses alumnus Slash, Rusty Anderson of Paul McCartney’s band, Doug Pinnick of King’s X, former Blasters Dave and Phil Alvin, rapper Boots Riley and others.
The Postal Service launched its music icons series in 2013, when they honored Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Lydia Mendoza.