British rock group Rolling Stones honored with Royal Mail stamps


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The Rolling Stones are honored on new UK stamps, with a dedicated ensemble showcasing their performances around the world as the legendary rock band celebrate their 60th anniversary this year.

Britain’s Royal Mail announced on January 11 that it would issue a special set of 12 stamps “in homage to one of the most enduring rock bands of all time”.

Eight stamps feature photos of singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and the late drummer Charlie Watts performing at various concerts around the world: from Hyde Park in London in July 1969 to East Rutherford, New Jersey in August 2019.

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The other four stamps are presented in a miniature sheet and feature two images of the group together, and two posters for their world tours. Watts died last year at the age of 80.

“Few bands in rock history have managed to carve out a career as rich and broad as that of The Rolling Stones,” said David Gold, director of public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, in a statement .

“They have created some of the most iconic and inspiring modern music albums, with groundbreaking live performances to match.”

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Formed in 1962, The Rolling Stones are one of the most successful and longest-running rock groups in the world, selling an estimated 240 million records worldwide and winning numerous awards, including three Grammys, along the way.

Their Stones’ work, rooted in American blues and rhythm and blues, produced hits like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Sympathy for the Devil” from their heyday of the 1960s and 70s, but also curiosities like the reggae-infused title “Send It To Me”, apparently about a single man looking for a mail order bride.

They are the fourth music group to have a dedicated Royal Mail stamp issue, following in the footsteps of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Queen.

Royal Mail said it has worked with the Stones and their management on the stamp collection, which goes on sale on January 20.


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