A set of 10 stamps, consisting of six album covers and four tour photographs, is to be released on March 14th.
The late David Bowie is to be commemorated by the Royal Mail with a full set of 10 postage stamps that will be released later this year.
The limited edition collection, which features six album covers and four photographs from his various tours, will be put into circulation on March 14th.
The Royal Mail has paid tribute to popular musicians in the past, releasing a set of images marking The Beatles' career in 2010, and then a selection of Pink Floyd stamps in 2015. Similarly, the Pink Floyd collection also used four tour photos and six albums. It’s the first time the postal service has dedicated an entire collection to just one cultural icon, however.
The Bowie albums remembered in the collection will be 1971’s Hunky Dory, 1973’s Aladdin Sane, 1977’s “Heroes”, 1983’s Let’s Dance, 1997’s Earthling and 2016’s Blackstar. The tours commemorated will be the 1973 Ziggy Stardust tour, the 1978 Stage tour, the 1983 Serious Moonlight tour and 2004’s A Reality tour.
“For five decades David Bowie was at the forefront of contemporary culture, and has influenced successive generations of musicians, artists, designers and writers,” the Royal Mail’s spokesperson Philip Parker explained on Wednesday (January 25th). “Royal Mail’s stamp issue celebrates this unique figure and some of his many celebrated personas.”
The collection is being released in the year that Bowie would have celebrated his 70th birthday. On January 10th 2016, the world was shocked to learn of the star’s death from liver cancer, which came just days after he had released his 25th and final studio album, Blackstar.
The special David Bowie collection, and other presentation packs, can be pre-ordered via the Royal Mail's official website.
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