Rock and Roll through the lenses
Robert Knight discusses his photographs of some of the biggest names in rock Friday at the Rock Star Gallery.

By Dolores Tropiano

For Hundreds of music fans who never met rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Elton John, meeting Robert Knight was the next best thing.

The Rock photographer made a rare appearance with a show of his photos Friday at the Rock Star Gallery in Scottsdale. He shook hands, signed photos and shared behind-the-scenes stories of life with many of the famous he managed to befriend.And the audience ate it up.

  Rock Photographer Robert Knight
“his career is amazing,” said Bret Rowe, 42 an artist from Paradise Valley. “What we see here is that he lived the movie Almost Famous, “ about a young rock journalist who follows around a band in the 1970’s.

Dressed in black pants, with a long black leather jacket and a black beret, Knight, 56, seemed to enjoy the opportunity to be on the other side of the camera, as photographers and TV cameras captured his image on film.

Vaughan. Included in the collection were the last photos ever shot of Vaughan before his death in a helicopter crash.

“That was the saddest day of my life,” he said. “I kept thinking what could I have done to prevent it.”


Many who turned out for the show were themselves photographers of musicians.

Randall Clarkson, 19, of Fountain Hills, brought an invitation up to Knight for an autograph. The member of the band the Broken Chords had long hair, large sneakers and wore a French scarf inside his blazer.

“His work is awesome. It’s surreal. It must have, like, been an amazing ride to, like, meet all of these people,” said Clarkson, one of many young people in the crowd who shared their parents’ passion for the ‘60s and ‘70s rock and roll icons shot by Knight Megan D’Elia, 14, of Scottsdale was another.

“My dad raised me on classic rock and roll, and I really connect to the music,” said D’elia, a guitar player who cited Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin as her favorites.



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