Stephen Hopkins (musician)

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Steve Hopkins
Steve Hopkins.jpg
Stephen Hopkins, 2016
Background information
Also known asStephen Hopkins
Born14th May 1951
OriginManchester, UK
GenresNew wave, synthpop, post-punk
Occupation(s)Musician, physicist, plumber
Instrumentskeyboards, piano
Years active1970–1990
Associated actsJohn Cooper Clarke, The Invisible Girls, Pauline Murray, Nico, Morrissey
WebsiteSteve Hopkins personal web pages

Stephen Hopkins is a former musician who worked (as Steve Hopkins) with different Manchester punk and new wave artists including John Cooper Clarke, Pauline Murray, Morrissey and Ed Garrity amongst others.[1] After retiring as a musician, he pursued a career in experimental cold atom physics.[2]


Between 1970 and 1990, Hopkins worked as a musician. He was primarily a session keyboard player and pianist. However, during his career he also worked as a composer, programmer, lounge lizard, record producer, teacher and recording engineer. His role began to be shown with his collaboration with John Cooper Clarke, playing keyboards and co-producing his discs alongside producer Martin Hannett. Both formed The Invisible Girls in Salford to be the Cooper Clarke's backing band in the rest of the years. However, the band also helped to relaunch the careers of former Penetration singer Pauline Murray, with whom they released one album and two singles between 1980 and 1981, and of Nico, of Velvet Underground fame.

By the time, he also collaborated with Jilted John, Ed Garrity (former Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds frontman), and later with Morrissey and Distant Cousins.

Following his music career in 1991 he began a PhD in experimental atomic physics at the Open University. This was followed by postdoctoral positions at Oxford and Sussex, as well as a teaching fellow post at the Manchester Photon Science Institute. In 2010 he joined the Atomic and Molecular Physics group at Durham University where he worked as a postdoctoral researcher until 2016.[3]

His father was the late Billy Hopkins, author of 7 bestsellers, including Our Kid and Kate's Story. His sister is internationally acclaimed author Cathy Hopkins, best known for her teenage books Mates, Dates series.


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