Rock Gods: Forty Years of Rock Photography

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Robert Knight is the Rock Prophet; the one man who can rightfully say "It happened and I was there." Since 1968 Knight's photographs have served as testimony to the greatest moments in rock and roll history. Rock Prophet is a profuse collection of Knight's work with Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Van Halen, Green Day and every rock colossus of the last forty years. As a witness to the unique on-stage invention of rock stars, Knight's images are quintessential pieces of ...

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Overview

Robert Knight is the Rock Prophet; the one man who can rightfully say "It happened and I was there." Since 1968 Knight's photographs have served as testimony to the greatest moments in rock and roll history. Rock Prophet is a profuse collection of Knight's work with Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Van Halen, Green Day and every rock colossus of the last forty years. As a witness to the unique on-stage invention of rock stars, Knight's images are quintessential pieces of pop-culture mythology. His lens has captured the grueling rifts of Jimmy Page, the throws of Mick Jagger on the microphone, and Eric Clapton's soulful 'slowhand.' In a world of guitar gods and earth shattering solos, Knights photographs are the proof of legends. For those who dream of live moments on stage, the climax of a guitar solo, or the performance of their favorite song, Knight has been there, seen it, and taken its picture. Rock Prophet is the must own tome of rock photography for any collector, photo enthusiast, or die-hard fan who wants to own the image of their favorite rock and roll idol.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It took premier rock photographer Knight 40 years to get his own coffee-table book, but for classic rock fans it's worth the wait. Among the first to photograph Led Zeppelin in America (at L.A.'s Whisky a Go Go) and the last to capture the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan on stage (at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wis.), Knight built a career out of shooting guitar players, rather than singers. This gorgeous collection includes images of Jimi Hendrix (Knight's first live shoot), Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and Eddie Van Halen, as well as photos of newer artists like Zakk Wylde, Tyler Dow Bryant and Green Day. What most distinguishes Knight's work is his dismissal of the iconic in favor of revealing details: former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, posing without his signature face-obscuring hair-do; Elton John, glaring at Knight's lens; Alice Cooper on the ocean with his face in a breeze. The photographer also writes with respect and honesty about many of his subjects, sharing stories about his final hours with Vaughan, attending a Halloween party with Cooper and finding himself the victim of a practical joke by Aerosmith's practical joke.
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Library Journal

This compilation of Knight's high-quality photographs of rock stars features some of the biggest of all time, including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Van Halen, Green Day, and many others. This reviewer's favorite is a black-and-white photo of Kiss's Gene Simmons with his tongue out, confetti and sparks falling to the ground behind him. There's a great chapter on blues artists such as B.B. King, Albert Collins, and Bo Diddley and a small section featuring pictures of modern artists such as the Sick Puppies and the Answer. The 200-plus color and black-and-white photographs in this coffee-table book are large. Like the Gene Simmons photo mentioned above, all of them capture the energy and soul of the artists. There is a brief foreword written by Slash and a nine-page introduction by the author, but libraries and others will want to buy this book for the photographs. Highly recommended for all libraries serving patrons with an interest in the history of rock 'n' roll photography.
—Todd Spires

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933784717
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 350,856
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 13.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Knight's career spans from the 1960s to the present as one of the premier photographers for the music industry, rock publications, and music equipment manufacturers. He made his mark in 1968, showing up in Seattle with a single roll of film to capture shots of Jimi Hendrix. Knight's images of Hendrix entering his adrenaline fueled guitar trances were instantaneously immortalized on the pages of magazines and newspapers, propelling Knight into a career as a professional rock photographer. Knight is best known for his "Guitar Legend" archive, havingworked with such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton and contemporary performers like John Mayer, Slash, and Green Day. When he's not photographing, Knight serves as the co-director of Hollywood's Rock Walk in Los Angeles. He is a feature photographer in the Rock and Roll Gallery and a retrospective of his work is currently exhibited at over 160 Guitar Centers across the United States.
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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    ROCK GODS...Indeed!!

    Any coffee table book with Jimi Hendrix on the front....a very familiar shot from the 60's...you know will have something to show....and tell!!! <BR/><BR/>The photographer, Robert M. Knight, not only captured Hendrix in his electric glory, but hundreds of other icons of rock throughout an incredible time in our history. He shares the best in this visually moving book.<BR/> <BR/>I loved reading Knight's inspiring story of a young man raised in Hawaii longing to be in the midst of rock's creative beginnings. His spirit and tenacity helped him capture the energy of those early Rock Gods. His journey produced an awesome collection of photographs spanning over forty years! <BR/> <BR/>I bought this marvelous treasure of Rock photography and history for a friend's 60th birthday. Needless to say, it was his favorite gift and the hit of his birthday celebration. Wipe the cake off your fingers and touch this book with RESPECT!<BR/>I not only bought a copy for myself...can't pass up a collector's item like this, but I've since bought a 3rd copy as a present for another San Francisco Bay Area Baby Boomer in love with musicians and an era that helped define our youth and culture. <BR/><BR/>The early Rock Gods gave us music memories etched in our hearts and minds, but Robert M. Knight gave us the proof that it was indeed a unique experience which will stand out in music history. <BR/>I would highly recommend this book as a treasure to recall those crazy days of sex, drugs, and Rock'n Roll. Just don't tell the grandkids!! <BR/><BR/>My only regret is that it isn't signed by Knight, which would make it a true treasure!

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  • Posted December 12, 2008

    ICONIC!

    By far the best Rock photo book I've seen in years, balanced with the incredible stories the Knight tells from his first meeting with Zeppelin to the day he saw Stevie Ray Vaughn to his helicopter on his last day on Earth. Oh, and the photographs are amazing to boot! This guy has had unlimited access to rock starts for over forty years. So many iconic photographs I immediately recognize, but never realized they were all from one guy. This book is an awesome gift for any admirer of the greatest guitar legends since Hendrix.

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