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‘Mark Knopfler rose to fame as the leader of Dire Straits’
and ‘Knopfler’s clean but dexterous picking proved that
traditionalism and a clean sound sometimes rules
without sacrificing rhythmic and musical style and complexity.
October 12, 2016
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An evening with Mark Knopfler
(Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler rocks!)
Peace and Love, Everybody!
The old time Dire Straits was just sooo cool! Watch Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing”, YouTube — 10:46. You can see what a generation of MTV watchers thought these guys were gods! What I especially love about Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler’s solo playing is how clean and understated it is, that without sacrificing rhythmic and musical style and complexity, it seems so effortless and just very special. See Mark Knopfler – Ticket to Heaven (Mix), on The Daily Walk with Miracles. Peace and Love, everybody!
“Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977.
“Since Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler has recorded and produced eight solo albums, and, as with his previous band, produced many hit songs. He has composed and produced film scores for eight films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), and Wag the Dog (1997)….”
An Evening with Mark Knopfler
Visit the Official Mark Knopfler Facebook page. Please listen to a recent (2015) concert from Spain by Mark Knopfler called Live in Seville [26-07-2015] (YouTube — 1:52:00). See all the great digital rights free mp3’s from Knopfler’s eight solo albums on Amazon.com or on iTunes, which comments:
The most celebrated British guitar hero to emerge in the 1970s and ’80s, Mark Knopfler rose to fame as the leader of Dire Straits, and his songwriting and incisive guitar work played a decisive role in making them an international success story. At a time when punk and new wave were making technique for its own sake seem irrelevant, and metal was taking the guitar solo in noisier and unpredictable directions, Knopfler’s clean but dexterous picking proved there was still room for traditionalism and chops in mainstream rock & roll.
Visit the Official Mark Knopfler website. Also check out the official website of Dire Straits, which features The Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler Guide. I always have owned Dire Straits Greatest Hits, which is called “Sultans Of Swing: The Very Best Of Dire Straits (Full Compilation) . My two favorite songs on that album are “Heavy, Heavy Fuel” and “Calling Elvis.” You like guitar solos? Try “Going Home.” It’s nuanced, not flashy, like all of Knopfler’s picking, but if you do listen hard, you’ll be very rewarded. Please also feel encouraged to watch “Brothers in Arms.” And this may seem strange to say, Mark, but “may the ghost of Elvis guide you well.”
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