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John Hopkins (Hoppy)

United Kingdom

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John 'Hoppy' Hopkins
1939 - 2015.

 

Hoppy graduated from Cambridge University in 1958 with a Master's in
Physics. He briefly worked for the Atomic Energy Authority, but lost his
security clearance following a jaunt to Moscow for a communist youth festival
and peace mission, when he was arrested by the KGB.  He resigned and
turned to photography in 1960 working for The Sunday Times, Melody Maker etc.
 

 

Hoppy captured the mood of the fast-changing 60's photographing The
Stones and The Beatles on their first wave of stardom. In stark contrast he
recorded the seediness of the early 60's London underbelly, shooting grubby
tattoo parlours, bikers' cafes etc. In the mid 1960s Hoppy founded Britain's
first underground newspaper the International Times, he co-established a
publishing company, promoted Pink Floyd and set up London's first all-night
psychedelic club, the UFO.  

 

By June 1967, Britain's fertile and diverse counterculture took much of
its inspiration from him - he was the closest thing the movement ever had to a
leader and became known as the ""King of the Underground"".
 Revolutions are, almost by definition, factional, but during those golden
years, the working-class anarchists, vaguely aristocratic bohemians, musicians,
crusaders, poets and dropouts were united in their respect and affection for
Hoppy. That he was seen as leader of this amorphous movement led to his
downfall. Hoppy's flat was raided, a small amount of hash was found, he was
arrested and sentenced to nine months in prison. 

 

Outrage at the sentence inspired a 'Free Hoppy March' to Trafalgar
Square, ubiquitous graffiti and a full-page protest in the Times, paid for by
Paul McCartney. At the end of the 60's Hoppy turned to video as an art form and
educational tool, researching the social uses of video for UNESCO, the Arts
Council etc.  Later, he worked as a technical journalist, coauthored
distance learning video training courses, explored macro photography of plants,
co-authored academic papers and never stopped being cool.

 

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John Hopkins (Hoppy), 2i’s Café, London, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

2i’s Café, London, 1964
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Malcolm X speaks in Notting Hill, London, 1964, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

Malcolm X speaks in Notting Hill, London, 1964, 1964
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Louis Armstrong, BBC TV Rehearsal, Shepherds Bush Theatre, London, 1965, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

Louis Armstrong, BBC TV Rehearsal, Shepherds Bush Theatre, London, 1965, 1965
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), The Rolling Stones Studio Group Shot #1, London, 1964, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

The Rolling Stones Studio Group Shot #1, London, 1964, 1964
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), 'Are You Looking at Me?' Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, London, 1964, Photography

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'Are You Looking at Me?' Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, London, 1964, 1964
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Me and my Rickenbacker, John Lennon at Rehearsals for TV Show 'Top of the Pops', Teddington Studios, 1964, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

Me and my Rickenbacker, John Lennon at Rehearsals for TV Show 'Top of the Pops', Teddington Studios, 1964, 1964
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Joint Factory, Rolling Marijuana Joints ready for a Party, London, c 1964, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

Joint Factory, Rolling Marijuana Joints ready for a Party, London, c 1964, 1964
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), A Concentrated Solo, Brian Jones around 4am, at All-Nighter, Ali Pali, London, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

A Concentrated Solo, Brian Jones around 4am, at All-Nighter, Ali Pali, London, 1964
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Lone Marcher in Windsor Great Park after the CND March from Aldermaston to Trafalgar Square, London, 1963, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

Lone Marcher in Windsor Great Park after the CND March from Aldermaston to Trafalgar Square, London, 1963, 1963
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Dexter Gordon with Squiggles, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, Photography

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Dexter Gordon with Squiggles, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, 1962
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Charlie is My Darling Hope, after 'All-Nighter' at Ali Pali, around 6am, London, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

Charlie is My Darling Hope, after 'All-Nighter' at Ali Pali, around 6am, London, 1964
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Bikers with Helmets at the Ace Café, London, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

Bikers with Helmets at the Ace Café, London, 1964
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Biker Lights a Cigarette at Juke Box, The 59 Club, Paddington, London, 1964, Photography

John Hopkins (Hoppy)

Biker Lights a Cigarette at Juke Box, The 59 Club, Paddington, London, 1964, 1964
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John Hopkins (Hoppy), Ringo as Front Man, The Beatles at Teddington Studios, Photography

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Ringo as Front Man, The Beatles at Teddington Studios, 1964
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The 60s through the Eyes of a Revolutionary - An exhibition of photographs by John 'Hoppy' Hopkins

ElliottHalls Gallery

The 60s through the Eyes of a Revolutionary - An exhibition of photographs by John 'Hoppy' Hopkins
From September, 30 To October, 27 2017