Nothing Dire about Mark Knopfler's musical longevity (Created August 29, 2013)
Mark Knopfler is perhaps one of the most celebrated guitarists of the last half-century, rising to fame as the leader of Dire Straits and making quite the name for himself even as the band became an international success.
If you take a look at Knopfler's resume, 'famed musician' is just one skill set the man possesses. Also a producer, sideman and film composer, his talents have extended in many directions to get him this far. He learned to play guitar as a young teen, and by 16 cut a demo single that was never released. Still, it's an impressive accomplishment considering that most boys that age were jockeying for a set of car keys instead of a Fender electric. And the 'detours,' as they were, involved his journalism studies and a few years working at the Yorkshire Evening Post.
It was when Knopfler opted to return to school that things truly turned in his favor. He met fellow guitarist Steve Phillips and played with him under the name the Duolian String Pickers (perfecting the picking style that would become a trademark). After graduation he moved to London and became friends with a few local musicians who would ultimately merge to become Dire Straits.
We could make a never-ending list of Knopfler's accomplishments, but we'll tie it up by noting he's also recorded and produced seven solo albums, composed and produced scores for eight films, and had the chance to work with some of the world's most prominent musicians. Ranked 27th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, he is also a four-time Grammy Award winner and holds three honorary doctorate degrees in music.
Knopfler's most recent project, an acclaimed double album called "Privateering" released everywhere but the U.S. last year, will finally land stateside and be available for purchase on September 10, 2013. To help promote the work, he'll play a West Coast swing in late October that will visit Las Vegas and Los Angeles before closing at Oakland's Fox Theater on October 27.
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