U.S.P.S. to Issue Woodstock 50th Anniversary Stamp

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Oh, the irony! The ultimate counter-culture event of the ’60s is getting in bed with “the man”! On the same day it announced that Marvin Gaye would be the newest addition to its Music Icons series, the U.S. Postal Service revealed that 1969’s Woodstock Music and Art Fair – known to all, simply, as Woodstock, would also be commemorated with a 2019 Forever stamp, in recognition of the festival’s 50th anniversary.

From the official November 20 announcement: “This stamp issuance celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, held in the small farming community of Bethel, New York, in August 1969. It was the most famous rock festival in history and an expression of the youth counterculture of the 1960s.

“The stamp art, designed by art director Antonio Alcalá, features the image of the dove from graphic artist Arnold Skolnick’s promotional 1969 poster for the festival along with some of the poster’s words: ‘3 Days of Peace and Music.’ In the stamp art the words are stacked in the background in brilliant colors along with the year 1969, USA, and Forever (the value of the stamp). The white dove stands in the foreground.”

No exact date for the stamp has been announced yet.

Best Classic Bands has already been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival with a variety of features and interviews. Included in the series: interviews with all of the members of Jefferson Airplane and their somewhat different memories of their experience there; our feature on Joni Mitchell’s iconic song; our interview with Melanie, who was a relative unknown 22-year-old when she arrived at the festival, and left as a star; and our interview with Santana drummer, Michael Shrieve, just 20 when he had his big moment there.

A 50th anniversary festival has been rumored for August 2019 but no official announcement has been made.

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