|By Dolores Tropiano
Scottsdale- Why did Jimi Hendrix always perform on a rug?
What was it like to travel with Led Zeppelin?
And what really doomed Jim Morrison to an early death?
Rock photographer Robert Knight plans to reveal all during a rare appearance from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
“Jim Morrison was self-destructive” Knight said, “the drugs were whacking him out. He scared me. I shied away from shooting him.”
But Knight didn’t hesitate to photograph other rock legends including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Elton John, during a career that spanned 40 years, beginning in the ‘60s.
More than 40 famous photos from his collection will be part of a free showing. Included are the last photos taken of Vaughan, just hours before his tragic death in a helicopter crash.
“The next day, Rolling Stone magazine and everyone called me (for the photos), and I wouldn’t let them out,” he said.
“I couldn’t do it. They were my friends.”
Knight attributed much of his success as a photographer to his access to the stars, many of whom he befriended.