Janis Joplin has rightfully joined the ranks of other famous musicians honored by the United States Postal Service with a postage stamp.
A Forever stamp for the bluesy voiced '60s icon was issued on Friday. The artwork features a 1970 photograph of Joplin taken by David Gahr. The singer is smiling with feathers in her hair, rose-tinted sunglasses, and a wrist full of bangles. The colorful typography is reminiscent of the psychedelic decade in which the singer made her name. The art director/designer was Antonio Alcala.
Joplin was born in 1943 and found fame with performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969. Her most famous hits include "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Piece of My Heart."
Joplin died of a drug overdose in October 1970 at the age of 27. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
A dedication ceremony for the stamp was held during the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco and performers included Kacey Musgraves, Nicki Bluhm and Mary Bridget Davies.
Other entertainers with stamps in the USPS Music Icons series include Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Lydia Mendoza.
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