New music stamps
Ten legends of Australian music have been immortalised as the recipients of the 2013 Australia Post Legends award.
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The Award recognises the recipients for their influence and impact on music in Australia and for taking Australian music to the world’s stage.
Among this year’s Australia Post Australian Legends are the bands Cold Chisel, Men At Work, INXS, The Seekers and AC/DC and individual artists Kylie Minogue, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Paul Kelly.
Ian “Molly” Meldrum was also recognised for his contributions and will feature with the others in a new collection of postage stamps.
Managing Director and Chief Executive of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour said he was proud to continue the tradition of recognising successful Australians.
“This year’s Australian Legends of Music have that rare blend of longevity, tenacity and devotion - as well as the capacity to inspire an entire nation,” Mr Fahour said.
“These stamps celebrate people who have had a significant impact on the music industry and have made impressions on the lives of all Australians.”
He said the 2013 Australia Post Australian Legends would be honoured at official Australia Day events staged in all capital cities in the lead-up to 26 January and each would also be presented with a 24-carat gold replica of their stamp.
Chairman of The Mushroom Group and Managing Director of The Frontier Touring Company, Michael Gudinski chaired the selection panel for the stamps and said it was a difficult choice with such rich musical talent in Australia to choose from.
“What we’ve ended up with is a list of people and groups who have made us proud to be Australian, at home and internationally, people whose artistry and success has coloured our lives and made an invaluable contribution to Australian and global culture,” Mr Gudinski said.
Edition 345, 22 January 2013