Cyril Davies... British Blues Harp Pioneer
John Hoppy Hopkins photos about the developing UK blues scene - 1960-65.
Much of Hoppy’s early work as a photographer in the early 1960s has become iconic, though he is better known for his later interests that included the UFO club, Notting Hill Carnival, International Times, Pink Floyd, London Free School, TVX & Fantasy Factory Video.
Now in his 70’s, Hoppy's photo book FROM THE HIP is the only published book of his photographs. These are the roots, and the roots of rhythm remain.
The images include Rock Stars: - Beatles, Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, Dusty Springfield - Youth culture: – Bikers at the legendary Ace Cafe - Jazz Greats: - Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Ornette Coleman, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins - New York avant-garde: Carla Bley, Bernard Stollman, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp - Blues & Gospel: Hooker, Memphis Slim, Rosetta Tharpe, Spann, Muddy Waters, McGee & Terry, Jimmy Witherspoon, Howling Wolf - British Jazz: Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc with Cyril Davies, Jack Bruce, Colyer, Graham Bond, John McLoughlin, Keith Jarrett, Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth.