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. Tom was also the staff photographer for the 1969 and 1970 Ann Arbor Blues Festivals, where he photographed B.B.King, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker and many others.Then he joined 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, the Who, Ray Charles, John Lennon, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, etc.
When Tom moved to San Francisco in the early seventies, he began to specialize in photographing jazz musicians, and became 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.
Now retired, Tom is happy to work with Rock Paper Photos to share his images of the greatest Rock (and Soul and Jazz) musicians in history with fans of the music and the pictures.