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Postal News: Singer Janis Joplin on limited-edition Forever stamp

September 24, 2014
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The U.S. Postal Service has added legendary singer Janis Joplin to its Music Icons Forever stamp. The stamp is the fifth in the Music Icons series. Through the power of stamps, Joplin joins a list of celebrated artists: Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix.

The original black and white photograph is rendered in shades of blue, with Joplin's trademark round sunglasses tinted a dark shade of pink. The words "Janis Joplin," along with the "Forever" denomination and "USA" appear in psychedelic-style script reminiscent of the 1960s, in shades of gold, orange, and pink. Small blue stars pop out from the stamp's dark blue background.

The stamp pane evokes the appearance of a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes the stamps and the image of a sliver of a record visible at the top. A photograph taken by noted photographer, creative director and designer Bruce Steinberg of Queens, New York, in May 1968 at the First International San Jose Pop Festival, and the logo for the Music Icons series appear on the reverse side, along with the words "Janis Joplin Blues, Rock, Country, Soul, Folk."

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Janis Joplin’s Forever stamp for Music Icons series

Customers may purchase the Janis Joplin stamps as a pane of 16 at:, the Postal Store, at (800) STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at post offices nationwide. This stamp and a variety of other stamps and related collectibles are available at:

Joplin was a groundbreaking singer whose powerful, bluesy voice propelled her to the pinnacle of rock stardom. An icon of the 1960s, she was known for her uninhibited and soulful performances. Joplin is now recognized as one of the greatest rock singers of all time, as well as a pioneer who paved the way for other women in rock music.

Joplin broke onto the national music scene at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and was known for her rebellious public persona. Her time at the top, however, was brief. She recorded three hit albums and performed at Woodstock. The album she was recording at the time of her death, Pearl, went on to cement her reputation as one of the greatest rock singers of all time. "Me and Bobby McGee," written by Kris Kristofferson, became the second posthumous No.1 hit in history after Otis Redding's No. 1 hit, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay."

As the years passed, Joplin's legacy was increasingly recognized. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Rolling Stone included Joplin on its list of 100 Greatest Artists. Some of her most popular songs include "Piece of My Heart," "Ball and Chain" and "Cry Baby."

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Phil Wiebold is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.



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