Archive for April, 2012
This June, the US Postal Service (in a joint issuance with French postal service, La Poste) will be releasing two new Forever stamps honoring two of the world’s greatest musical artists, Edith Piaf and Miles Davis. The image of Miles Davis is from David Gahr’s iconic photograph of the jazz trumpeter, taken in 1970.
See US Postal Service press release below:
Miles Davis and Edith Piaf Take Center Stage
U.S. Postal Service and France’s La Poste to Honor Renowned Musicians on Forever Stamps in June
WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service today announced the joint issuance of new Forever stamps honoring two of the world’s greatest greatest musicians, Edith Piaf and Miles Davis. The stamps will be issued with the French postal service, La Poste in June.
“We look forward to issuing these great stamps jointly with La Poste, continuing a tradition of international celebration of stamps,” said USPS Manager, Stamp Services, Stephen Kearney.
Americans may know Edith Piaf best for her cheerful song “La Vie en Rose” (“Life in Pink”), about the experience of falling in love and seeing life through rose-colored glasses; the tune is still heard on the streets of Paris today.
From the beginning, photographer David Gahr helped define the language of Folk, Jazz, Blues and Rock n’ Roll imagery.
He started his career shooting album covers for Folkways Records icons like Woody Guthrie and Big Bill Broonzy.
Over the next 40 years his images would appear in such influential publications as Life, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and People Magazine.
During this time he became one of the most sought after photographers in history.