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Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and bandleader. His group, Dire Straits, was formed in London in 1977 and went on to become an international success after the release of its debut album in 1978. Though it began as a group with a permanent lineup led by Knopfler, in its first few years it evolved into a brand name for Knopfler with varying personnel.

Mark Knopfler (born August 12, 1949) is a Scottish guitarist, singer, songwriter and former journalist and lecturer. He is most well known as the lead guitarist and vocalist for Dire Straits, but has also played in other bands (such as the Notting Hillbillies) and produced a number of albums as a solo performer. In addition, he scored the music to several films, including Local Hero, The Princess Bride and Last Exit to Brooklyn.

He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved with his family to Newcastle upon Tyne in the mid 1950s. He learned to play the guitar as a teenager, and after completing tertiary education and working for the Yorkshire Evening Post and then Loughton College, he became a full time musician in the 1970s. He is noted for being left-handed, but playing right-handed, and for finger picking instead of strumming or using a plectrum; finger picking is usually associated with the acoustic guitar, but Knopfler usually (but not always) plays an electric guitar, particularly the Fender Stratocaster.


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Mark Knopfler

Artist Biography - Mark Knopfler

Knopfler and his associated bands have sold over 100 million albums, and performed live to audiences totaling many millions. He has twin sons (Benji and Joseph), and a daughter Isabella; he holds a degree in English from Leeds University, and has been awarded an honorary music degree from Newcastle University.

In 1995, Knopfler quietly laid Dire Straits to rest. He launched a full-fledged solo career with the release of Golden Heart in 1996; subsequent soundtrack efforts include 1998's Wag the Dog, 1998's Metroland and 2002's Shot at Glory. Sailing to Philadelphia, a lush collection of folk-rock and breezy Americana that featured guest appearances by James Taylor, Van Morrison, and Squeeze leaders Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford appeared in fall 2000, and Ragpicker's Dream followed in 2002. In 2003, on the way to rehearsals in London, Knopfler broke his collarbone, shoulder and seven ribs in a motorcycle crash. He returned in 2004 with Shangri-La.

Albums
Golden Heart (1996)
Sailing to Philadelphia (2000 in music)
The Ragpicker's Dream (2002 in music)
Shangri-La (2004)
soundtrack
Local Hero
Cal
The Princess Bride
Last Exit To Brooklyn
Metroland
Wag The Dog
A Shot at Glory
others
Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time
Neck and Neck(with Chet Atkins)


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