“Some people collect stamps, some people collect butterflies – I collect rock stars,” photographer Robert Knight muses in Rock Prophecies, a documentary about how he managed, through luck, perseverance and the uncanny ability to discover talent well before the rest of the planet, to be in the right place at the right time – again and again and again. Knight has spent the past 40 years photographing some of the rock world’s biggest legends in their most intimate moments. The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith have all been captured through his camera lens. However, Knight is more than just a famous rock photographer. He is someone with a genuine passion for music and musicians, which has transported him from behind his lens and into rock history.
You don’t have to love music to be inspired by Knight’s story. The film interweaves three distinct parts of Knight’s life — Knight reflecting on his first meetings with numerous rock icons, his quest to discover the next major rock act and his moving efforts to care for his elderly, ailing mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s while privately fretting over how he’ll be able to afford the costs of her medical care — a dilemma that is indirectly threatening the ownership of his 40-year rock n’ roll archive.
Rock Prophecies arrives on DVD on Sept. 14 and will be broadcast on PBS throughout Fall 2010 (check local listings). To celebrate the release, we’ve given Rock Prophecies a Road Worn™ ‘60s Stratocaster to give away on their website. Click here and look in the upper right hand corner to enter.