U.S. Postal Service Honors Legendary Guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, with Limited-Edition Forever Stamp on the 2014 SXSW Outdoor Stage at Butler Park

The U.S. Postal Service will take center stage on the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Butler Park with the dedication of the Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp.

 

Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp.  (PRNewsFoto/U.S. Postal Service)

Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp. (PRNewsFoto/U.S. Postal Service)

Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Hendrix displayed an innovative style that embraced the influences of rock, R&B, modern jazz and the blues, inspiring musical artists of his era and beyond.  Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, WA, Nov. 27, 1942. Originally named Johnny Allen Hendrix, his name was later changed by his father to James Marshall Hendrix. Entirely self-taught, he had to adjust his first right-handed guitar to his left-handed playing; he restrung it upside down and turned the instrument around to play it. The teenager soon began playing with bands in the Seattle area.

Hendrix pushed the boundaries of what a guitar could do, using a basic setup that at times included a wah-wah pedal to control the output from the amplifier to produce voice-like tones; a fuzz-box to create distortion of the sound; and a Univibe, a phaser that created regular, pulsating changes of pitch, all channeled through a set of Marshall amplifiers at top volume. He was able to manipulate the various devices to produce sounds that could be loud — the quintessential psychedelic music — or melodic and gentle. A master at the controlled use of distortion and feedback, he expanded the instrument’s vocabulary in a way that had never been heard before — or since.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked Hendrix No. 1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and No. 6 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

In 1991, Hendrix received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1993, he was awarded a posthumous Grammy for lifetime achievement.

The Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp goes on sale today at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com/stamps, at the Postal Store on eBay at ebay.com/stamps, and through 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).

“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.

“I’m especially pleased that we continue celebrating our Music Icons stamp series with the issuance of the Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp,” Corbett said. Janie Hendrix, sister to the late Jimi Hendrix, joined Corbett to dedicate the stamp.

“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,” said Janie Hendrix. “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.”

The stamp dedication was held prior to a Jimi Hendrix Celebration concert at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Butler Park. There were performances by guitar luminaries, Wayne Kramer, guitarist for Motor City 5; Slash, former lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses; Rusty Anderson, lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s tours; and Perry Farrell, lead singer for Jane’s Addiction. Also, the concert featured Robby Krieger, guitarist for the Doors; Mary Bridget Davies, star of Broadway’s “A Night with Janis Joplin”; Jesse Malin, guitarist/musician; Dave and Phil Alvin, former guitarists for The Blasters; and Etty Farrell, wife of Perry Farrell and former star of E! reality series, “Married to Rock.”

The Postal Service has released numerous stamps to celebrate and honor music icons who had a big impact on American culture and the music industry. The Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp kicks off the 2014 Music Icons series, which will include Janis Joplin later this year. The 2013 Music Icons series honored Johnny Cash, Ray Charlesand Lydia Mendoza.

The new limited-edition Jimi Hendrix stamp, designed by artist Rudy Gutierrez, features a vibrant, colorful design fashioned to evoke the movement and rhythm of the late singer and pay homage to the psychedelic rock era of the 1960s.

The stamp pane, designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, features a painting of Hendrix’s face surrounded by colorful swirls and small icons that reference song lyrics or aspects of Hendrix’s 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 Jimi Hendrix stamp is being issued as a Forever Stamp, which is equal in value to the current   First-Class Mail 1-ounce price. Customers may view the Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp, as well as a preview of many of this year’s other stamps, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, on Twitter @USPSstamps or on USPSstamps.com. A special promotional page has been created to display all of the Jimi Hendrix philatelic products.

 

 

Julep Beauty Releases Monthly Nail Polish Color Report: Soft pastels, Sheer White, Shades of Blue, and Deep Corals Trend Strong in March 2014

Straight from the runway to fingertips everywhere, nail polish has become a key indicator of up-to-the-minute trends. Today, fast-growing beauty brand Julep released its latest Nail Polish Color Report, a monthly snapshot of top nail polish trends based on customer preferences and recent sales data.

“Pay attention to fingertips, because what women wear on their nails is a harbinger for larger trends – both fashion-focused and JULEP MARCH 2014 TOP NAIL POLISH TRENDSeconomic,” said Jane Park, CEO and founder of Julep Beauty.  “Most ‘trends’ in the beauty and fashion worlds are decided by editors and designers, but the Julep Nail Polish Color Report unveils actual style movements women are adopting across the US.”

At the beginning of each month, Julep introduces ten nail polish colors to its thousands of Maven subscriptionprogram customers. During the Monthly Maven Reveal, subscribers choose from a selection of curated beauty boxes, and select add-on products. Julep analyzes all this data to paint an accurate picture of current nail color trends.

“After suffering through some extreme weather patterns this winter, women are ready to forget the Polar Vortex, severe drought, and heavy flooding and embrace spring,” said Park. “Consumer confidence is on the rise; women seem to be in a more positive mood and are choosing light pastels and sheer white for their nails. They’re also taking inspiration from runway trends and embracing blues of all shades and deep corals.”

March Nail Polish Trends:

Soft pastels:  Sherbet shades like Julep’s Rae, a radiant orchid creme that’s an exact match to the Pantone® 2014 Color of the Year; Elisa, a soft wisteria shimmer; and Lilou, a lemon chiffon creme, were top sellers in Julep’s March Maven box.

Sheer white: White is always a fresh choice for spring, and consumers and fashion designers alike are gravitating toward airy, alabaster tones with translucent finishes. It’s unsurprising that Julep’s Soraphine, a classic sheer white creme, was a top choice for March.

All things blue: Blues of all shades – from cobalt to pale cornflower – made a strong statement on the spring runway. Julep’s Monaco, a dazzling mariner blue creme that’s an exact match to the Pantone® 2014 Color of Spring; Margaret, a light periwinkle creme; and Tania, a mermaid teal glitter, were also top sellers.

Deep coral:  Pink, red, and orange-tinted coral hues dominated the runway at Spring Fashion Week. In March, Julep Mavens went crazy over Harriet, a guava coral creme shade that brings French Riviera flair to nails.

EXPRESS Announces American Supermodel Kate Upton as Brand Ambassador

EXPRESS, Inc. announces supermodel and actress Kate Upton as their Brand Ambassador, making her the first celebrity spokesperson to grace the brand’s campaigns in the last decade. To kick off the partnership, Upton will host the EXPRESS Spring Summer 2014 Runway Show at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida on Thursday, March 13th. The retailer will then debut Upton in advertising campaigns beginning in fall 2014.

American Supermodel Kate Upton joins EXPRESS as Brand Ambassador.  (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS, Inc.)

American Supermodel Kate Upton joins EXPRESS as Brand Ambassador. (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS, Inc.)

“I’m personally thrilled that Kate wanted to join the EXPRESS family. The new partnership highlights the mutual admiration between EXPRESS and Kate and is the culmination of two iconic American establishments coming together,” said Michael Weiss, chairman and chief executive officer of EXPRESS.

I’m very excited to join EXPRESS as Brand Ambassador,” said Upton.” I grew up with EXPRESS and always appreciated their commitment to offering great fashion with great value that every young woman and man can relate to. It is truly an iconic

EXPRESS Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS)

EXPRESS Logo. (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS)

American brand that exemplifies sexy, modern cool.”

Florida native, Upton quickly rose to international supermodel status since her career began in 2008. One of the few models who is able to balance a mainstream and modern appeal, she has appeared on the top magazine titles across the globe, from Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, V and Love to Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan and Esquire. Releasing on April 25th, Kate will appear in Fox’s upcoming comedy, “The Other Woman,” which also stars Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.