Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits: Boost to 80’s Rock Music
Mark Knopfler is a veteran musician who used to be the lead guitarist and leads vocal of the British rock band Dire Straits. Apart from being a singer and guitarist, he is a songwriter, record producer, film score composer, etc. His band Dire Straits ruled the pop music genre during the period between late 70’s and 80’s. Their music was influenced by jazz, folk, blues within the texture of rock ‘n roll. During the band’s early years the influence of punk rock was prominent on other musician’s or band’s compositions. But Dire Straits managed to avoid that influence and established their genre on pub rock. That is the reason for many of their composition becoming melancholic. They were really successful in catching the attraction of the music lovers. As a result, they became one of the most commercially successful music bands in the whole world.
Their commercial success also reflected on the lists of awards bestowed to them. After the band stopped to be active in 1995, Knopfler started his solo career and produced six solo albums. He also composed for films and shared stage with many prominent artists. Knopfler has earned the position of one of the most respected finger-style guitarist of the modern rock era. His exceptional guitar playing ability is reflected on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of ‘100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time’ where he has occupied the 27th rank. Mark Knopfler holds a distinct place among the greatest musicians of his age.
Glasgow was the birth city of Mark Knopfler in Scotland but he was recognized in New Castle, England. His parents belong to a middle-class family and it was very difficult for them to bring an electric guitar for their son. He was overjoyed by getting his first guitar but he did know that an amplifier is needed to play. As mark has no idea that he has to play without power until he got the idea one day to rewire radio to plug the guitar into it for an amplifier. Shortly this worked . . . Mark Knopfler lifted a comment on Amplifier pumping our”! A few watts of sheer electricity! The stereo below up quickly thereafter.
However, this specific practical knowledge was adequate to get Mark totally hooked on electric guitars for a lifetime. Later on, as a teenager, he came upon electric guitar as a warped throat, and thus did not seem correct while dealing with a pick. The one approach Mark could easily get the idea to noise correct was through playing with simply his fingers, a method generally known as finger selecting. This as he soon after recalled was when he produced his “sound” that could later turn into so popular inside the songs of Dreadful Straits, for example, Sultans of Swing action, Brothers in Hands, Romeo and Juliet, Telegraph Route, and so many others.
His first album was released in 1978 with the name of Dire Straits in U.K that was his first step of success.