The 78-year-old music icon’s solo career will be celebrated with a set of 12 postage stamps featuring photographs from the making of his 1970 solo LP ‘McCartney’ to 2020’s ‘McCartney III’.
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The Royal Mail’s Head of Public Affairs, David Gold, said: “Paul
McCartney remains a vital figure at the centre of rock and pop. “An artist whose legacy is immense, but whose work continues to generate
popular attention and critical acclaim. “This dedicated stamp issue is a fitting tribute to one of the UK’s much loved and revered musical icons.”
Macca fans can get their hands on the sought-after stamps from May 28.
The former Beatles legend follows in the footsteps of Sir Elton John and the late David Bowie in being recognised as a solo artist by Royal Mail.
However, the ‘Let it Be’ hitmakers landed their own stamps in 2007. In 2017, the postal service celebrated Bowie with a collection of 10 stamps, six of which featured the images of his ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘Aladdin Sane’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Earthling’ and ‘Blackstar’ album covers, and the reaming four were shots of him performing live on tours across four decades.
Elton’s collection was released in 2019. As well as The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Queen are the bands who have been immortalised in stamp form.
Brian May of Queen said of the honour last year: “It’s hard to put into
words what I feel when looking at these beautiful stamps. “Since we four precocious boys started out on our quest 50 years ago, our lives have been devoted to making our impossible dream come true. “Sometimes it’s strange to wake up and realise the position in which we are now held – we have become a national institution! “Nothing brings this home more than this incredible tribute from Royal Mail. “It’s particularly poignant to look at this collection of images now – now that we are all in a world dominated by a coronavirus, in which none of this could have happened.”
Blossoms have finished work on their “real special” fourth studio album.
The ‘There’s a Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)’ group – who
performed at the first non-socially distanced COVID-19 pilot gig in over
a year at Sefton Park in Liverpool at the weekend – have confirmed that
they have completed their follow-up to 2020’s ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’
and are just tweaking the artwork.
Frontman Tom Ogden told NME: “Yeah, we’ve done it, so it’s recorded and
we’re sorting all the other stuff out now, like the artwork and all that
sort of stuff. “We’ve had a bit more time to finesse that side of it, which we haven’t had in the past so I feel like it’s going to be a real special album.”
Speaking previously about what has inspired the upcoming LP, Tom said:
“What has happened in the world has made me more reflective. “I’m usually more escapist, making up stories in my head. “In the songs we’ve done so far, I’m looking back on my twenties and the life I’ve chosen for myself.”
The prolific band released the ‘Isolation Covers’ collection in 2020,
which featured their takes of classics by the likes of Frank Ocean, Tame
Impala, and The Beatles, as well as the film ‘Back To Stockport’ on
The latter looked back at the ‘Charlemagne’ group’s 2019 performance at
their home city of Stockport in Greater Manchester’s Edgeley Park – the
home to Stockport County FC.
Tom said in a statement at the time: “We’ve worked with Charlie [Watts,
long-term collaborator] on-and-off since the band started really, so when the opportunity to make something together surrounding the homecoming show in Stockport came about, we jumped at the chance. “We think he’s really captured the spirit of the band, and being a friend, he was able to get the natural moments you don’t normally see in a band documentary. We love the film and hope you do too!”