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Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Jim Morrison to appear on postage stamps

By Kory Grow
Rolling Stone

Philatelists rejoice: The U.S. Postal Service will unravel several lines of celebrity-adorned stamps over the next two years, with subjects ranging from Apple founder Steve Jobs to gay rights activist Harvey Milk. It will also be offering numerous music-related stamps, including Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix this year and a James Brown stamp next year. 2015 will also see a re-release of Elvis Presley's 29-cent tribute from 1993 — the Postal Service's best-selling stamp ever — according to The Washington Post. A stamp for John Lennon has been planned for an as-yet-unannounced date.

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As published in a missive by the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (via the Post), this year will also see the arrival of stamps honoring NBA champ Wilt Chamberlain, undisclosed celebrity chefs, "America's Most Loved Pets" and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Next year, the Postal Service will release stamps for Johnny Carson, Ingrid Bergman and the gang from Peanuts.

The document also names a number of people and characters who will be honored with stamps sometime in the future. Among them are general music-related stamps honoring guitars and hip-hop, as well as several new entries in the U.S.P.S.'s Music Icons series, including Lennon, Bill Monroe, Jim Morrison, Sam Cooke, Tammy Wynette, "Fats" Waller, Freddie Fender, Roy Orbison, Sarah Vaughan and Willie Dixon. Michael Jackson will also be getting his own stamp that is not part of the Icons series.

Other stamps planned for a later date include Barack Obama, both Bush presidents, Bill Clinton, 20th Century humorists, Ansel Adams, a Black Heritage series, science fiction writers, pro football, Hanna-Barbera characters, Dora the Explorer and more.

A U.S.P.S. rep told the Post that stamp subjects may change at any time. The Postal Service is looking to attract younger stamp collectors with some of these new additions; because some of these proposed stamps betray previous stamp guidelines (such as the subject being American, in the case of John Lennon), this new direction has become controversial among older philatelists.

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Feb 24, 2014 12:14PM
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"YOU MAY SAY I'M A DREAMER; BUT I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE. I HOPE SOMEDAY YOU'LL JOIN US AND THE WORLD WILL LIVE AS ONE!!!"

Feb 22, 2014 6:59PM
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Who do you people think you are? These individuals were troubled but very talented and made positive contributions to the music world that ultimately seeped into and influenced popular culture and ideals. There work can be heard on the radio to this day, and can be found in most major music retailers, that speaks volumes.  Who should we worship?  Presidents and Politicians who lie, and cover for their own so us "underlings" can suffer the brunt of having our underprivileged children sent off to unjust wars to have their limbs blown off? John Lennon was a world renowned voice that spoke up for us, and if Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin lived I am sure they would have too. Do you want your child to play guitar and stand up for himself and others? Or be a lying  coward under the guise of the constitution and the federal government pretending to look out for everyone when in fact they are only concerned for their own lives and the lives of others that worship the capitalistic nonsense that this country has to offer.
Feb 22, 2014 6:56PM
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Who do you people think you are? These individuals were troubled but very talented and made positive contributions to the music world that ultimately seeped into and influenced popular culture and ideals. There work can be heard on the radio to this day, and can be found in most major music retailers, that speaks volumes.  Who should we worship?  Presidents and Politicians who lie, and cover for their own so us "underlings" can suffer the brunt of having our underprivileged children sent off to unjust wars to have their limbs blown off? John Lennon was a world renowned voice that spoke up for us, and if Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin lived I am sure they would have too. Do you want your child to play guitar and stand up for himself and others? Or be a lying scumbag coward under the guise of the constitution and the federal government pretending to look out for everyone when in fact they are only concerned for their own lives and the lives of others that worship the capitalistic **** that this country has to offer.
Feb 22, 2014 5:53PM
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One murdered, two drowned in their own puke. It's a libs world!
Feb 22, 2014 1:57PM
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Three perfect roll models for our children to emulate?????????????  This is the best our Government has to offer?????????????????????????????????????????????
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