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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Janis Joplin to be Honored as a U.S. Postal Service Stamp at Outside Lands

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Janis Joplin is joining the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, Harvey Milk and Ray Charles as members of a very exclusive club: the U.S. Postal Service's "Forever" stamp series. And to honor the late singer-songwriter, who called San Francisco home, there will be a few artists who perform covers of her songs at Outside Lands at the Panhandle Stage in Golden Gate Park on Aug 8. at 1:30 p.m. Among those paying tribute will be Mary Bridget Davies, who played Joplin in the Broadway play "A Night with Janis Joplin" as well as Outside Lands performers Kacey Musgraves and Nicki Bluhm.

Art director Antonio Alcalá added a blue tint to a recognizable image of the Mercedes Benz-loving singer; the photo was shot in New York City in June 1970 by music photographer David Gahr — only four month before her untimely death at age 27. Alcalá also added a pink tint to her signature sunglasses, and the text is in the popular 1960s-era psychedelic font — the overall effect is meant to look like a vintage record sleeve. 

If you've been living under a rock, Joplin gained notoriety for her gruff, blues-singer voice and became an icon in the 1960s; she is also recognized for paving the way for other women in rock music. 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. You can find the stamp at your nearest USPS. 
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