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KFIX Rock News: Jimi Hendrix To Be Honored With U.S. Postage Stamp

JimiHendrixOn Thursday, March 13, the United States Postal Service will unveil a new stamp paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix as the latest installment of its Music Icons series.  The stamp will feature a colorful original painting of the late guitar legend performing that was 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.

The stamp will be introduced just prior to the show, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. on March 13.

The event is free and open to the public, although attendees will have to get their hands on a Guest Pass wristband, available at the site of the concert and at GuestPass.SXSW.com.

The Hendrix stamps will be sold at the show, along with other Music Icons series stamps, including those honoring Johnny Cash and Ray Charles.

Hendrix stamps also can be pre-ordered at USPS.com.

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