Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks
Music Giants II: David Bowie - 14 March 2017
Royal Mail have announced that
this year's Music Giants stamp issue will be a tribute to David
Bowie, who died last year aged 69; he was one of the most
influential music and cultural figures of all time.
Bowie made his commercial breakthrough with the
1969 album “Space Oddity” with its single of the same title. In
1972 he recorded The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the
Spiders From Mars, featuring the hit “Starman”, and toured to
promote the album with an elaborate stage act as his alter ego
Ziggy Stardust. This established him as a leader of glam-rock in
His 1975 album Young Americans began his “plastic soul” period,
and in the 1980s he established a more elegant rock presence
with hits like “Under Pressure” (with the band Queen) and “Let’s
Dance” (from his 1983 album of the same name). Bowie also had
hit records in collaboration with, Lou Reed, John Lennon, Mick
Jagger, Iggy Pop, Mott the Hoople and Brian Eno.
He also acted in films, notably in The Man Who Fell To Earth
(1976), The Hunger (1983), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983),
Labyrinth (1986) and The Prestige (2006). He also took the title
role in The Elephant Man in an American stage production
1st class - Hunky
Dory (1971), Aladdin Sane (1973), and Heroes (1977).
£1.52 - Let's Dance (1983), Earthling (1997), and Blackstar
The stamps on the miniature
sheet show the Ziggy Stardust (1972) and Serious Moonlight
(1983) Tours (1st class), and
The Stage Tour (1978) and A Reality Tour (2004) (£1.52).
The background image is of the Glass Spider Tour (1987)
Mail's website for the special editions
Background - as provided by Royal Mail
1st Class Hunky Dory: his 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.
1st Class Aladdin Sane: his sixth album and released in April 1973. The
album was among six Bowie entries in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of
the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1st Class "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
£1.52 Let’s Dance: his fifteenth studio album and released in April 1983.
Coproduced by Nile Rodgers, and featured three of his most successful
singles "Let's Dance", "Modern Love" and "China Girl". Let's Dance is
Bowie's bestselling album.
£1.52 Earthling: his twentieth studio album and released in February 1997
and was the first album Bowie had self-produced since Diamond Dogs.
£1.52 Blackstar: Bowie’s final studio album, released on 8th January 2016 to
coincide with his 69th birthday. Bowie died two days after its release.
The 34 x 32 mm stamps deisgned by Royal Mail
using an original design by Studio Dempsey, responsible for the original Album
in 2010. Printed by International Security
Printers in gravure in sheets of 50 self-adhesive stamps.
The 115 x 89 mm Miniature Sheet was designed by Royal Mail. Contains
35 mm square stamps on gummed paper, perforated 14.5, and printed by
International Security Printers in Lithography.
The booklet should be printed by ISP (Walsall) in gravure with deep
scarlet Machin definitives coded MCIL M17L: these will be the same as in
the Windsor Castle boooklet.
: Hunky Dory, Let’s Dance, Earthling and
Blackstar album covers © Jones Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC;
Aladdin Sane album cover © Jones Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC and
Duffy Archive Limited; “Heroes” album cover © Jones Tintoretto
Entertainment Company LLC and Masayoshi Sukita; photography of album
covers by John Ross. The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1973, London © Ilpo
Musto/REX/ Shutterstock; The Stage Tour, 1978, Frankfurt © Hans H
Kirmer/DPA/PA Images; The Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983, Brussels © Andre
Csillag/REX/Shutterstock; A Reality Tour, 2004, Isle of Wight, photo by
Mark Shenley © Camera Press London; miniature sheet border image of The
Glass Spider Tour, 1987, Mendig © DPA/Alamy Stock Photo
All stamp images © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2017
Products available from Royal
Mail - we will not be stocking these, but will be making some
Set of 6 stamps, miniature sheet.
retail booklet, Presentation Pack containing set and miniature sheet
Set of 11 stamp cards Two First Day Covers Numerous special
edition items aimed at non-philatelic collectors, including 'Fan Sheets'
of album artwork, souvenir covers, framed products,
Special first day of issue postmarks will
be shown on Royal
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