On the day of his Cambridge graduation in 1957, John Hopkins was set for a career in nuclear physics when his godfather gave him a camera, and “Hoppy” the photojournalist was born. His features on bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as encounters with tattooists, riot police, fetishists and Malcolm X were published in newspapers from the Sunday Times to Melody Maker.
The photograph of Mick Jagger was taken on June 26 1964 at an all-nighter in Alexandra Palace, north London. The Stones joined a blues-rich bill that featured John Lee Hooker, John Mayall, Alexis Korner, and Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions, with Mick and the boys launching into the song that was to become their first number one – a cover of the Valentinos’ “It’s All Over Now”. Tonight, almost half a century on, the band plays the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
A giclée print of Hopkins’ image is included in Bonhams’ auction of photography, signatures and ephemera in London on Wednesday July 3.