Fans of David Bowie can, from today, get their hands on the popular stamps issued by Royal Mail to honour one of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time.
This is the first time Royal Mail has dedicated an entire stamp issue to an individual music artist or cultural figure.
In homage to Bowie’s immortal role in Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, 52 First Day Covers, featuring a full set of album cover stamps, have been launched into space. Fans who correctly guess where ‘the stamps that fell to earth’ landed, can win one of the limited edition First Day Covers.
The stamps have been postmarked with a special edition red handstamp of the iconic thunderbolt from the cover of Bowie’s Aladdin Sane.
Details are available on Royal Mail’s Special Stamp social channels:
The 10-stamp set features six images from some of his most admired and defining album covers: Hunky Dory; Aladdin Sane; “Heroes”; Let’s Dance; Earthling and ★. The arc of the vinyl album protrudes from the right hand side of each stamp.
The remaining four stamps show Bowie in action performing live on tours across four decades; The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1972; The Stage Tour, 1978; The Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983; and A Reality Tour, 2004.
The stamps and a range of limited edition souvenirs are available to buy from today at www.royalmail.com/davidbowie and from 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK and by calling 03457 641 641.
*Bowie’s first professional recording in 1964 with the release of Liza Jane as Davie Jones with the King Bees until his death in 2016.
Album cover stamps
- Hunky Dory, Bowie’s fourth album and released in December 1971. Time magazine chose it as part of their "100 best albums of all time" list in January 2010.
- Aladdin Sane, his sixth album and released in April 1973. The album features the iconic photograph by Brian Duffy.
- "Heroes", his twelfth studio album and released in October 1977. This was the second instalment of his "Berlin Trilogy" recorded with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti. The title track remains one of Bowie's best known and acclaimed songs.
- Let’s Dance, his fifteenth studio album and released in April 1983. Co-produced by Nile Rodgers, and featuring three of his most successful singles Let's Dance, Modern Love and China Girl. Let's Dance is Bowie's best-selling album.
- Earthling, his twentieth studio album and released in February 1997. The striking cover art features Bowie in an Alexander McQueen designed Union Flag coat.
- ★, Bowie’s 28th and final studio album, released on his 69th birthday - 8 January 2016 - and charting at No.1 in more than 20 countries. Bowie died two days after the release of ★, the album reaffirming his legacy as modern music’s most unrelenting innovator and topping critics’ ‘Best of 2016’ lists.
- The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1972. The tour promoted The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars studio album and took in the UK, North America, and Japan.
- The Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983. The tour was designed to support the Let's Dance album and was Bowie's longest, largest and most successful concert tour.
- The Stage Tour, 1978. Also known as Isolar II – The 1978 World Tour and The Low / “Heroes” World Tour because it was staged to promote the Low and “Heroes” albums
- A Reality Tour, 2004. Staged to promote the Reality album this tour was to be Bowie’s last tour.
Philip Parker, Royal Mail stamp Strategy manager, said: “For five decades David Bowie was at the forefront of contemporary culture, and has influenced successive generations of musicians, artists, designers and writers. Royal Mail’s stamp issue celebrates this unique figure and some of his many celebrated personas.”
The stamps are available from today, at 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK and www.royalmail.com/davidbowie
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