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Celebrities on Stamps: The Rolling Stones

Author: Emil Drkusic
Date: 03/02/2022

The Rolling Stones got a stamp tribute on a set of 12 Royal Mail stamps. On these stamps we can them on stage all over the globe - London's Hyde Park in July 1969, New York, USA in July 1972 and Knebworth, Hertfordshire in August 1976. We’ll take a look at the stamps (and some others) an talk a little bit more about The Rolling Stones.

The Rolling Stones - 1962

It all started in 1962 in London with Charlie Watts on drums, Ian Stewart on piano, Brian Jones on guitar and harmonica, Bill Wyman on bass, Keith Richards on guitar and adding some back vocals and, of course, Mick Jagger on the microphone. They borrowed the name from the name of the Muddy Water’s song, Rollin’ Stone. The rest after that is history.

A number of hits and albums, tours and sex & drugs & rock ‘n’ roll followed. They played with different genres, from blues, rhythm, and blues through a psychedelic phase to rock. Many band members came to the bend and left it as well, some passed away along the way. But still, to these days, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are alive, looking as good as they could and they are still playing.

It would be pointless to try to go through their career, damn, people write books about them. So, I’ll try to keep it short, and related to stamps.

Austria – 2003

Rolling Stones stamps - Austria 2003

Austria – 2003/06/18

Denomination: 0.55 Euro

Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood

One of Stones live performances took place at Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday 2003/06/18. Philip Bajo and Helmuth Schöpf are those responsible for photos that will appear on these stamps. Stamps were handed over to the band members on the same date and let’s hear their comments.
Keith Richards: "What a fantastic idea!"

Ron Wood: "Cool idea, these are all endangered animals!"

Rolling Stone - 1967

In 1967, Jann Wenner founded the Rolling Stone magazine. Maybe It has iconic status these days, but the start wasn’t so easy at all. But let’s see what Jann said about the magazine name in the first issue:

"Muddy Waters used the name for a song he wrote. The Rolling Stones took their name from Muddy's song. "Like a Rolling Stone" was the title of Bob Dylan's first rock and roll record. We have begun a new publication reflecting what we see are the changes in rock and roll and the changes related to rock and roll."

According to the readers of the Rolling Stone magazine, these would be top 10 most popular Rolling Stones songs ever:

  1. Gimme Shelter
  2. Sympathy for the Devil
  3. Paint It, Black
  4. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  5. Wild Horses
  6. Jumpin' Jack Flash
  7. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
  8. You Can't Always Get What You Want
  9. Tumbling Dice
  10. Angie

Royal Mail - 2010

In 2010, after extensive research, Royal Mail issued a series of stamps devoted to the 10 most iconic albums in past 40 years. We’re here because of The Rolling Stones, but all of these 10 albums are important for the history of the rock and not only the UK. Personally, I would underline The Clash and Pink Floyd here. And of course, the one and only, David Bowie.

One interesting fact is that Jimmy Page, yes, the one from Led Zeppelin, launched this stamp collection. Can stamps get even cooler than this!? ?

Rolling Stones stamps - Royal Mail 2010

UK – 2010/01/07

Denomination: 1ST

1st row – from left to right

Pink Floyd – The Division Bell (1994)

Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002)

Blur – Parklife (1994)

New Order – Power Corruption And Lies (1983)

The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (1969)

2nd row – from left to right

The Clash – London Calling (1979)

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (1973)

Led Zepplin – ‘IV’ (1971)

Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)

David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)

Royal Mail Rolling Stones stamps - 2022

In 2022, Royal Mail issued 12 stamps dedicated to Rolling Stones alone. This is the 4th band, after The Beatles in 2007, Pink Floyd in 2016 and Queen in 2020, to have a stamp issue. 

Rolling Stones stamps - Royal Mail 2022

UK – 2022/01/20

Music Giants - The Rolling Stones

Denomination: 1ST & 1.70£

Royal Mail says that it 'collaborated closely with the band members and their management team on the stamp issue'. Royal Mail has released stamps showing the group on stage and playing at live gigs around the globe. Their performances shown on the special stamps include London 's Hyde Park in July 1969 (pictured). Royal Mail spokesman David Gold said: 'Few bands in the history of rock have managed to carve out a career as rich and expansive as that of the Rolling Stones'. The stamp issue also pays tribute to the late Charlie Watts who died last year at the age of 80. Royal Mail spokesman David Gold said: 'They have created some of modern music's most iconic and inspirational albums, with ground-breaking live performances to match'. - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10387827/Rolling-Stones-collection-stamps-mark-bands-60th-anniversary.html

Rolling Stones stamps - Royal Mail 2022

UK – 2022/01/20

Music Giants - The Rolling Stones

Denomination: 1ST & 1.70£

I hope you enjoyed reading this short one about “old rock farts”. Let them keep on rocking for at least 60 more years.

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