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Hopkins, Chenier & Edwards – Carnegie

Vital Part of American History

Lightnin Hopkins, Clifton Chenier & David Honeyboy Edwards are hanging out in a New York City Hotel Room. Its right after the famous 1979 Carnegie Hall Boogie ‘n’ Blues Performance. They were reunited on the night this photo was taken, Hopkins, Chenier and Edwards, (all now deceased). They are amongst the most influential blues musicians of the 20th century.  All three men worked for decades with numerous great R&B and soul musicians and helped laid the foundation for rock ‘n’ roll.  In an article about the concert, The New York Times called Hopkins, Chenier and Edwards “a vital part of American history.”  Furthermore, with the wallpaper, the couch, the suits and all the patterns going everywhere, there is a LOT going here in this picture!

The Boogie ‘n’ Blues Line-up

Besides these three blues icons, also featured was Big Walter Horton, SunnyLand Slim, Floyd Jones and Kansas City Red. Along with John Lee Hooker and The Coast to Coast Blues Band, Clifton’s band “The Red Hot Louisiana Band” and many others, you couldn’t go wrong with a line-up like this! Despite the great line-up, there were some sound issues at Carnegie. But all the musicians got through all the obstacles before them.  

The Photographer

Harvey Wang studied visual arts and anthropology at Purchase College and State University of New York. Furthermore, he has six books on photography under his belt. Wang has exhibited widely at museums, including the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., As well as the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of the City of New York.  Last of all, for more info on this photographer check out his site:

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