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Janis Joplin Gets Stamped

Scott Lucas | August 5, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Haight-Ashbury icon Janis Joplin is getting her own stamp from the United State Postal Service.

The stamp, which is based on the cover image of her posthumous In Concert album, released two years after her 1970 death, will go on sale for the first time as part of this weekend's Outside Lands music festival. You can find it at the Hellman Hollow Medow in Golden Gate Park during the festival.

Joplin, of course, is the leather lunged singer who came to prominence as part of the late 60s San Francisco music scene that included Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. She recorded two albums with Big Brother and the Holding Company before going solo shortly before her death. After her death, her final album Pearl peaked at number one on the Billboard charts. She's most well known for her cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" and for her playfully satiric "Mercedes Benz."

Personal note: Thank goodness that today I can write about a musician I've heard of. Don't know what the heck the Post Office is, though. Something about emails you have to print out? Ralph Nader really cares about it? Not sure.

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