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Limited edition Jimi Hendrix stamp a part of the 2014 Music Icons series

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The activities at SXSW in Austin were more than just concerts. The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Butler Park was the setting for the U.S. Postal Service’s dedication of the Jimi Hendrix Forever® Stamp.

The Jimi Hendrix Forever® Stamp was unveiled at a dedication ceremony before a Jimi Hendrix Celebration concert on Thursday March 13. The celebration included performances by Wayne Kramer, guitarist for Motor City 5, Slash, former guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, Perry Farrell, lead singer for Jane’s Addiction and many others.

The U.S. Postal Service has released these stamps to celebrate and honor music legends who have influenced the music industry and popular culture. This limited edition stamp of the legendary guitarist kicks off the 2014 Music Icons series which will also include Janis Joplin later on this year. The 2013 Music Icons series included Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Lydia Mendoza.

Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington on November 27, 1942. He taught himself to play the guitar and started playing with bands in the Seattle area when he was a teenager. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and in 1993 he was posthumously awarded a Grammy lifetime achievement award.

The Jimi Hendrix Forever® Stamp was designed by artist Rudy Gutierrez and features a vibrant and colorful design that brings to mind Jimi Hendrix’s movement and rhythm. It also pays homage to the psychedelic rock era of the 1960s. It is available at Post Offices nationwide, online, at the Postal Store on eBay and through 1-800-STAMP24.

Source: US Postal Service