Janis Joplin is about to join the small, but growing, pantheon of American musicians honored on postage stamps. On Tuesday, the United States Postal Service unveiled the design for its Joplin stamp, which is to go on sale in August. It is the fifth installment of the postal service's Music Icons series, which also includes Johnny Cash, the Tejana star Lydia Mendoza and Ray Charles, all issued in 2013, and Jimi Hendrix, whose stamp was issued in March.
As a USPS representative told Rolling Stone after the Hendrix stamp premiered, "I definitely see that we need to pay a little honor to some other genres that haven't been covered. For example, jazz is something that will be in the foreseeable future, or Motown and types of music that we need to recognize."
Although it isn't known the specific release date for Joplin's stamp, the Postal Service intends to have it out sometime in August. "Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was a groundbreaking singer whose powerful, bluesy voice propelled her to the pinnacle of rock stardom. An icon of the 1960s, she was known for her uninhibited and soulful performances. Joplin is now recognized as one of the greatest rock singers of all time, as well as a pioneer who paved the way for other women in rock music."