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Jimi Hendrix stamp dedicated at SXSW

AUSTIN TX - The U.S. Postal Service is dedicating a new forever stamp at the SXSW outdoor stage on Thursday.

The Jimi Hendrix Stamp goes on sale nationwide Thursday.

Combining influences from rock, modern jazz, soul and the blues with his own innovations, Jimi Hendrix helped found three new genres of music heavy metal, jazz fusion and funk and in doing so, left behind an indelible mark on pop music and popular culture generally, said Joseph Corbett, chief financial officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service.

The stamp dedication took place at the SXSW Outdoor State at Butler Park with performances by Wayne Kramer, guitarist for Motor City 5; Slash, former lead guitarist for Guns N Roses; Rusty Anderson, lead guitarist for Paul McCartneys tours; and Perry Farrell, lead singer for Janes Addiction. Also, the concert will feature Robby Krieger, guitarist for the Doors.

The Jimi Hendrix forever stamp kicks off a 2014 music icons series with Janis Joplin scheduled later on in 2014.

The stamp pane, designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, features a painting of Hendrixs face surrounded by colorful swirls and small icons that reference song lyrics or aspects of Hendrixs life. The various icons include flowers, a guitar, a mermaid and a butterfly. The stamp art shows Hendrix in performance, wearing one of his trademark vintage military jackets and playing one of his beloved white Fender Stratocaster guitars. The design is by artist Rudy Gutierrez.