Eight stamps feature photos of singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and the late drummer Charlie Watts performing at various concerts around the world: from Hyde Park in London in July 1969 to East Rutherford, New Jersey in August 2019.
The other four stamps come in a miniature sheet and feature two images of the band together and two posters for their world tours. Watts died last year, aged 80.
“Few bands in rock history have managed to carve out careers as rich and expansive as that of the Rolling Stones,” David Gold, director of public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said in a statement. .
“They have created some of the most iconic and inspiring albums in modern music, with groundbreaking live performances.”
Formed in 1962, the Rolling Stones are one of the most successful and longest-running rock bands in the world, selling an estimated over 240 million records worldwide and winning numerous awards, including three Grammys, along the way. .
Their Stones’ work, rooted in American blues and rhythm and blues, yielded hits like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Sympathy for the Devil” from their 1960s and 70s heyday, but also curiosities like the reggae-infused track “Send It To Me,” apparently about a lonely man looking for a mail-order bride.
They are the fourth music group to have a dedicated Royal Mail stamp issue, following in the footsteps of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Queen.
Royal Mail said it has worked with the Stones and their management on the stamp collection, which will go on sale January 20.