Rock Gods: Forty Years of Rock Photography

Rock Gods: Forty Years of Rock Photography

by Robert M. Knight
     
 

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

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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 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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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
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 13.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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