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.
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... Read More