John Hopkins (political activist)

John Hopkins (Political Activist)

John Hopkins (political activist)

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John "Hoppy" Hopkins (born 1937) is a British photographer, journalist, researcher and political activist, and "one of the best-known underground figures of Swinging London"Russell Reising, Speak to me: the Legacy of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2005, p28. ISBN 0754640191 in the late 1960s.

Life

At age 20 he graduated from Cambridge University (which he'd entered on a scholarship in 1955) with a degree in physics and mathematics, and embarked upon a career as a nuclear physicist. However, a graduation present of a camera changed his career. Arriving in London on January 1, 1960, he began to work as a photographer for newspapers, music magazines including the Melody Maker, and Peace News. He photographed many of the leading musicians of the period, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Louis Armstrong. He also recorded the seedier side of London, with photographs of tattoo parlours, cafes, prostitutes and fetishists.

By the mid-1960s he had drifted into the centre of London's emerging underground scene and recorded many peace marches, poetry readings and "happenings", as well as photographing leading counter-cultural figures including Allen Ginsberg and Malcolm X. He compiled and stencil-duplicated the names, contact details and interests of all of London's "movers and shakers". He then gave all of them a copy. This action is credited with...
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