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Post Office to unveil Jimi Hendrix stamp

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JimiHendrix, the legendary musician who died in 1970, will get a stamp of approvalfrom the U.S. Postal Service.

OnThursday, the USPS releases a limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Forever stamp. Thestamp will be unveiled at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin.

Hendrixtaught himself to play guitar at age 15, drawing influence from a pantheon ofblues and rock greats including B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, BuddyHolly, and Robert Johnson. Although he was unable to read or write music, he iswidely considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. In his short fouryears in the international spotlight, he catapulted to super-stardom andmanaged to change the face of rock music, inventing new, previously unseenguitar-playing techniques and sounds.

Hendrixdied at the age of 27.

The stamplooked to capture Hendrix's movement and rhythm with vibrant and colorfuldesign that mimics the look of the 1960s. The various icons include flowers, aguitar, a mermaid and a butterfly. The stamp art shows Hendrix, wearing one ofhis trademark vintage military jackets and playing one of his signature whiteFender Stratocaster guitars.

TheHendrix stamp kicks off the 2014 Music Icons series, which will include JanisJoplin later this year. The 2013 Music Icons series honored Johnny Cash, RayCharles and Lydia Mendoza.

The stamp will beavailable for purchase at the festival, major Post Office locations across thecountry and online at usps.com/stamps and ebay.com/stamps

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