After shaking the nation with his performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock in 1969, rock legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Jimi Hendrix, will now be honored by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Hendrix is joining Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles in the USPS' music icon stamp series on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
The debut of the stamp will be at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference at Butler Park in Austin, Texas, featuring a special all-star unveiling concert. This Jimi Hendrix celebration will include performances by Hall of Fame Inductees Slash and Robby Krieger of the Doors, as well as the MC5’s Wayne Kramer and Paul McCartney’s longtime guitarist Rusty Anderson, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters and others.
In what's shaping up to be a big year for Hendrix fans, the stamp announcement comes alongside new Jimi Hendrix presence at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The Museum recently acquired a handful of new Jimi Hendrix artifacts to add to its already abundant Jimi Hendrix exhibit, including various outfits, shirts and his purple “applejack” style suede cap. One of the outfits, with its fluorescent colors and psychedelic design, was most notably worn by Hendrix at the third Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970. This festival was the largest musical event of the era, with attendance estimated at between 600,000 and 700,000. Hendrix’s set was marred by technical difficulties and an unruly element of the audience vandalized festival vendors’ stands and threw a flare onto the roof of the stage. The Museum’s Jimi Hendrix collection also features guitars, handwritten lyrics, stage clothes and other interesting artifacts from the life and history of Jimi Hendrix.