John “Hoppy” Hopkins

John “Hoppy” Hopkins was a legendary figure from the 1960s. I met him through a friend called Nicky (his then girlfriend) at a Mike Horowitz party at Hinksey near Oxford in 1960/61. I had one of the rooms in his flat at 105 Westbourne Terrace while I was working at Better Books in 61/62. He started International Times (with Miles), Notting Hill Carnival (with Rhaune Laslett, UFO Club (with Joe Boyd), BIT Information, London Free School, etc. He was the original Shaker and Mover. He developed Parkinson’s in his last years and died on Jan 30th 2015, about 400 people attending his funeral. He was a good friend for over 50 years.

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