Wednesday, January 25, 2017
David Bowie will be honored this spring with a collection of stamps from UK’s Royal Mail.
The set of 10 – featuring a mix of albums covers and live images – marks the first time the Royal Mail has dedicated an entire stamp issue to an individual music artist or cultural figure.
The only other music artists to have been honoured with a dedicated stamp issue are groups, including The Beatles in 2010 and Pink Floyd in 2015.
Six of the stamps showcase Bowie’s changing musical styles and personas across the decades and feature images of some of his most-admired and defining album covers: “Hunky Dory”, “Aladdin Sane”, "Heroes", “Let’s Dance”, “Earthling” and “Blackstar.”
Four stamps feature Bowie performing live on tours across four decades: 1973’s The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1978’s The Stage Tour, 1983’s The Serious Moonlight Tour, and 2004’s A Reality Tour.
“For five decades,” says Royal Mail stamp Strategy Manager Philip Parker, “David Bowie was at the forefront of contemporary culture, and has influenced successive generations of musicians, artists, designers and writers. Royal Mail’s stamp issue celebrates this unique figure and some of his many celebrated personas.”
The stamps and a range of limited edition souvenirs are available to pre-order now at www.royalmail.com ahead of their official release on March 14 online and at 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK.
Bowie passed away in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69 following an 18-month battle with liver cancer.
The music icon sold an estimated 140 million albums worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
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