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Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf – Just Hanging Out

Muddy Waters And Howlin’ Wolf

Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf are this week’s photo of the week. It gets hot as hell when you’re playing the blues! Such is the case on this day in 1969 when Thomas Copi captures these two blues giants backstage.  Muddy and Howlin’ Wolf are at the Ann Arbor Blues festival catching up with each other and enjoying a cold beverage.

Ann Arbor Blues Festival – 1969

The festival line up included such blues legends as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, James Cotton, Son House. Along with Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin’ Hopkins. And lastly, Pinetop Perkins, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Roosevelt Sykes, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Big Joe Williams, Charlie Musselwhite and more. 

The Photographer – Thomas Copi

Tom Copi learned photography at The Michigan Daily, the award-winning student newspaper at the University of Michigan. While on the staff of the Daily, Tom took pictures of Simon & Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, the Yardbirds, Muddy Waters, the Grateful Dead, etc.  After leaving the Daily, Tom was the picture editor of the short-lived but lively Big Fat Magazine—The Midwest’s Magazine of Rock.
Also, Tom is the staff photographer for the 1969 and 1970 Ann Arbor Blues Festivals. As a result, he is able to photograph B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker and others. Afterwards, he joins the photo staff of the Detroit Free Press. All the while making pictures of musicians such as Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, Iggy Pop, the Doors, the Jefferson Airplane. Along with the Who, Ray Charles, John Lennon, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, etc.
When Tom moves to San Francisco in the early seventies, he began to specialize in photographing jazz musicians.  Furthermore, he becomes the de facto staff photographer at such San Francisco music venues as Keystone Korner and The Great American Music Hall.
His pictures were published in music magazines all around the world, on many record album and then CD covers, and in numerous books by and about musicians. Later, Tom partnered with Getty Images, which distributes his photos commercially worldwide.  Lastly, he is retired and enjoying the new interest in his music photos. For more info:

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