Jimi Hendrix: From FBI File to US Stamp

Mick Jagger ended his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech by quoting French filmmaker, novelist, playwright, etc., Jean Cocteau:

Americans are funny people. First you shock them, then they put you in a museum.”

Or on a stamp.

The FBI opened a file on Jimi Hendrix shortly after his 1969 drug bust in Toronto.  Now, 45 years later, the United States Post Office has put the legendary guitarist on a stamp:

The stamp has also been issued in a full sheet that looks like a record sleeve:

Hendrix is the fourth in the Post Office’s “Music Icons” series, following Tejano music star Lydia Mendoza, country music legend Johnny Cash and soul music innovator Ray Charles.

ps — many old FBI files are now accessible through The Vault, including those of many popular culture figures, from alleged gangster Frank Sinatra to gangsta rapper “Biggie Smalls.”  The Bureau was particularly active in investigating 1960s rock and roll.  They even spent 20 months, documented in a 119 page file, trying to figure out whether the Kingsmen’s recording of “Louie Louie” violated laws against the interstate transport of obscene materials; they never did decipher the lyrics.


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