Jimi Hendrix

Jimmy Hendrix

Born in Seattle, WA, Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Combining influences from rock, modern jazz, soul, and the blues with his own innovations, Hendrix created a unique style that influenced musical artists of his era and continues to inspire musicians into the 21st century. The stamp celebrating his legacy is being released as part of the Music Icons series.

Hendrix pushed the boundaries of what a guitar could do, manipulating various devices to produce sounds that could be loud-the quintessential psychedelic music-or melodic and gentle. A master at the controlled use of distortion and feedback, he expanded the instrument’s vocabulary in a way that had never been heard before-or since.

While Hendrix is remembered as one of the most innovative guitar players of all time, he was also a gifted songwriter, combining visionary, sometimes haunting imagery with deft pop hooks.

Rolling Stone ranked Hendrix #1 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and #6 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. His band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The band’s first album, Are You Experienced, is considered by many critics to be one of the best rock albums of all time, and in 2005, the Library of Congress selected it for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry, a list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”

In 1993, Hendrix was awarded a posthumous Grammy for lifetime achievement.

Through Hendrix’s mastery of the guitar and use of controlled feedback as a melodic element, he revolutionized and redefined popular music. His music sounds as innovative and fresh today as when it was first released, winning legions of new fans.

The Jimi Hendrix stamp is now available as a First-Class Mail Forever stamp by clicking here.

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5 Comments

  1. Grannybunny

     /  March 14, 2014

    If you follow the link to buy the stamp, it says, “Availability: Discontinued.”

  2. Jonn

     /  March 14, 2014

    You know, I wasn’t sure about how this stamp would turn out, but now that I’ve seen it, I’m digging it. Nice job USPS!

  3. Jim

     /  March 15, 2014

    This shows that we will put anyone on a stamp. As a person, this guy was in the gutter. I guess we grade on charts and lists.

  4. C. Burkey

     /  March 22, 2014

    Yeah, what’s up with this? Already discontinued???

  5. C. Burkey

     /  March 22, 2014

    You can get them from the USPS on Ebay.

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