U.S. Postal Service has commissioned the Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp in honor of the rock legend and his influence on American culture.
The stamp, which went on sale today (March 13), features an illustration of the musician playing a guitar.
“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 of U.S. Postal Service, in a statement released Thursday.
The stamp is to be dedicated at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas before a Jimi Hendrix celebration concert. Jimi’s sister Janie Hendrix is scheduled to take part in the ceremony.
“I am deeply touched and so are other members of the Hendrix family by the issuance of this stamp, and I wish to thank the United States Postal Service for bestowing one of our nation’s highest honors on my brother Jimi,” she said in a statement. “While my brother has been cited many times as being among the most influential musicians of all time, the recognition implicit in his being portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp ranks as an unparalleled honor.”