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Rock Gods: Forty Years of Rock Photographyby Robert Knight
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"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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.
About 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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