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 2016 - 2014

Lyric Of The Week: Bob Dylan, "Blind Willie McTell"

The song is a testament to Dylan's brilliance and idiosyncrasy

[...] Dylan later told Rolling Stone that he felt the song hadn’t been properly recorded, but the aural evidence suggests otherwise. Sparse as the original two-man take may have been, it’s haunting just the same, as Knopfler plays tender, understated fills and Bob’s timing on the minor-key piano chords continually surprises.  [...]

19.03.2016, Jim Beviglia

CONCERT-REVIEW: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Mark Knopfler

[...] Though Knopfler, 66, often deferred to the prodigiously talented members of his band, he drew more than enough mesmerizing sounds from his Stratocaster to remind us why he’s considered one of the great finger-pickers in rock history.  [...]

 02.11.2015, Kevin Kaminski

CONCERT-REVIEW: Atlanta, Georgia, 24. Oktober 2015

Mark Knopfler - Lie at Chastain

"[...] It was an enjoyable show, one that demonstrated his abundant guitar skills, but, like his solo albums, a fairly tepid experience.  Dire Straits song were rare, which was not nearly often enough to offset the weight of his more American/English folk based pursuits as a solo artist.  That was then.  This is now. [...]"

25.10.2015, Reese

35 Years ago: Dire Straits bounced back with 'Making Movies'

"[...] A year later, on Oct. 17, 1980, they released their third album, Making Movies, which, along with Brothers In Arms, is widely considered to be among their best. [...]"

17.10.2015, Dave Lifton

CONCERT-REVIEW: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Last Best Show: Mark Knopfler at the Orpheum

"[...] A straight-ahead version of Dire Straits' "So Far Away" and "Going Home," the theme from the film "Local Hero," sent the crowd home happy. [...]"

10.10.2015, Bill Brotherton

CONCERT-REVIEW: Montreal, Kanada

Mark Knopfler brings his neverending story to Montreal

"[...] Like Van Morrison’s work, Knopfler’s often seems like one long song. And his kitchen-sink dramas, with their revolving-door casts of hard-luck loners, fading heroes and star-crossed lovers, feel like part of a black and white film, one filled with bittersweet regret. [...]"

08.10.2015, Bernard Perusse

CONCERT-REVIEW: Toronto, Kanada

Mark Knopfler the true sultan of seing in Massey Hall gig

"[...]  'This is one of our favourites places,' acknowledged Knopfler, who teased the audience they could shout out requests all night long, “'but it’s not going to make any difference.'[...]"

07.10.2015, Jane Stevenson

CONCERT-REVIEW: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Rough sound mix doesn't sour Mark Knopfler's show for "sweet" An Arbor crowd

04.10.2015, Gary Graff

CONCERT-REVIEW: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Mark Knopfler concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee

"[...]  Another highlight occurred at the end of the set proper. Knofler announced, “It’s been 23 months, eh, 23 years since I’ve attempted to sing this song.” He added, “This could be a complete and utter disaster.” He was referring to the Dire Straits song “On Every Street,” and they did it justice. [...]" 



Sound Check: Productivity keeps Mak Knopfler out of creative dire straits

"[...] ' I’m not as distracted as I once was,” the 66-year-old singer and guitarist says by phone from his home in London. “If you’re thinking the road ahead is a little shorter than the one behind you, you’re thinking about trying to write a good song and hoping to make a decent record of it.' [...] "

01.10.2015, Gary Graff


Concert review: Mark Knopfler

"[...] But that he’s still capable of summoning the magic as often as he did Saturday is something to be thankful for. [...]”

Cary Darling, 27.09.2015

Looking back to the year 1985

30 Years ago today: Dire Straits plays the Pacific Coliseum during its "Money for Nothing" heyday

Steve Newto, 23.09.2015


Mark Knopfler makes a long wait worthwhile at ACL Live

"[...] Knopfler hadn’t played Austin since a 1985 City Coliseum date with his former band, Dire Straits  (whose only other Austin appearance was a 1980 performance that was one of the last shows at Armadillo World Headquarters). [...]”

Peter Blackstock, 25.09.2015


Mark Knopfler: A Conversation with the Band

(Richard Bennett, Guy Fletcher und John McCusker kommen zu Wort.)

"[...] Richard Bennett: 'That's a very big thing we talk about, honoring the song,' he said. 'That's what you're there for. You're not there to be the star, it's not about you, it's about honoring the song. And that's how Mark treats his own songs.' [...]”

David Kems

CONCERT-REVIEW: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Five Thoughts: Mark Knopfler

Jason Harris, 18.09.2015



CONCERT-REVIEW: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Mark Knopfler at Red Butte

"[...] By the second song, a giant rainbow appeared in the east and you could see Knopfler pointing it out to his bandmates. It was the universe sending those who braved the weather a sign that it would be worth their trip. And it was. [...]”

CONCERT-REVIEW: Vancouver, Kanada, 1. September

Mark Knopfler shows he's still a sultan of swing in Vancouver

Ex-Dire Straits frontman wields a mean axe


 INTERVIEW by Anna Tyzac

John Illsley: Four kids, two dogs, a pub and a guitar

"[...] My perfect weekend: the Dire Straits co-founder, 67, on his country pub recover from cancer and his love of painting and making music. [...]”


CONCERT-REVIEW: Antwerpen, Belgien

Knopfler @ Sportpaleis: Dansen in het ruim van de Titanic

"[...] Zijn nieuwe cd 'Tracker' mag dan wat mak zijn, live was de gewezen frontman van Dire Straits in Antwerpen gul en warm. Hij werd bedankt met dríé staande ovaties. [...]”

Bart Cornand, 06.06.2015

CONCERT-REVIEW: Antwerpen, Belgien

Begeesterende Mark Knopfler overtuigt in Antwerps Sportpaleis

"[...] Mark Knopfler speelde met vuur in de vingers en passie in de stem, gisteravond in het Antwerps Sportpaleis. De voormalige frontman van Dire Straits had duidelijk veel spelplezier, en dat straalde af op groep en publiek. Het werd een begeesterd concert waarin classics werden afgewisseld met recenter solowerk. [...]”

Door Wim Wilri, 06.06.2015

Mark Knopfler has been honoured in Newcastle.

A Plaque bearing Mark Knopfler's name has been added (01.06.2015) to

the"Newcastle / Gateshead Local Heroes Walk of Fame"

"[... ] Mark Knopfler, who hopes to see his new plaque on a visit to his home region this year, said:“To be voted a Local Hero by the people of Tyneside is a wonderful honour which I will treasure. [...]”


CONCERT-REVIEW: London, England

Mark Knopfler, Royal Albert Hall, gig review

"[...] There's a glorious familiarity to a Mark Knopfler performance. Much of this comes from the rapport he has with his crew: a fantastic bunch of multi-instrumentalists who share plenty of banter with their leading man. [...]"

Roisin O'Connor, 26.05.2015

CONCERT-REVIEW: Newcastle, England

Mark Knopfler at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.

The evolution of Mark Knopfler from Eighties soft rock superstar to peerless songwriter was evident at the Arena.

Tim McGuinness, 21.05.2015

CONCERT-REVIEW: Dublin, Irland

"[...] Mark Knopfler doesn't do showboating. Head down, focus on, that signature red and white Fender Stratocaster wrapped around his frame, one of rock music's most treasured, six-string virtuosos is all about the subtle approach. So, too, are the fans. [...]"

Chris Wasser, 18.05.2015

CONCERT-REVIEW: Sheffield, England

Mark Knopfler and friends impress at Sheffield's new Steel Hall

"[... ] After a few minutes, the band were back with So Far Away and Shangri-La, where the band looked so chilled, which was followed by Knopfler telling the audience if they get a standing ovation, they get an encore....if they don’t get one, they get two. [...]"

Glenn Ashley, 18.05.2015

CONCERT-REVIEW: Dublin, Irland

Mark Knopfler at Dublin's 3Arena.

Mark Knopfler has gladly embraced the role of rock elder statesman.

Online Editors, 16.05.2015

Knopfler's political portraits in music.

"[...] Mark Knopfler might be a multi-millionaire, Maserati-owning guitar god, but a quick spin through his new album suggests there's a truculent class warrior lurking somewhere within. [...]"

Graeme Thomson, 15.05.2015 Teil 1 Teil 2


Mark Knopfler on new solo album Tracker

A world-exclusive guitar interview

Jamie Dickson, 08.04.2015


Mark Knopfler – Tracker

"[...] It adds up to a little more than just another solid Mark Knopfler

offering. [...]"

Graem Thomson, 01.04.2015


Mark Knopfler's still got it

"[...] It’s no surprise to see Mark Knopfler back in the UK charts. [...]"

Geoffrey Rowlands, 30.03.2015


Mark Knopfler: This getting older stuff ain't for wimps

"[...] Tracker” is populated with characters who are constantly examining their pasts as though looking for some way forward, often defying the world to define themselves. [...]"

Stephen Deusner, 28.03.2015

Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler on fame and family

"[...] Forget the tantrums and flashy lifestyles associated with most stars, Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler is at his happiest when surrounded by his family or riding his beloved scooter. [...]"

Julia Molony, 20.03.2015

Mark Knopfler immortalises The Chronicle in Song on new album

Mark recalls how he war paid 6/6d for a Saturday job at the Chronicle in the 60s and met the poet Basil Bunting

Ian Robson, 18.03.2015

Talking with Mark Knopfler: 'I try to write good Songs and make good Records - and get better

"[...] To listen to "Tracker" is to hear 84 minutes of music that is, for fans of grown-up music, just a bit better than almost anything else out there. To listen to "Tracker" is to weep for joy. [...]"

Jesse Kornbluth, 17.03.2015

Mark Knopfler... Let the music do the talking

"[...] Knopfler has never been a typical rock star. When he first started playing gigs with Dire Straits, the group he helped form in 1977, he tried to stand at the side of the stage, so that it would be the songs, not the man

who created them, that would be front and centre. [...]"

Julia Molony, 16.03.2015

Album: Mark Knopfler - Tracker

"[...] With age comes wisdom, knowledge and comfort, and all of these are deeply rooted in his current work. [...]"

Dominic JA. Stevenson, 16.03.2015

Hear Mark Knopfler's Moody, Mournful New Album 'Tracker'

David Browne, 13.03.2015

The sultan, Mark Knopfler, looks back in his new album Tracker

Iain Shedden, 07.03.2015




 2014 / 2013 

"Guitar Gods: [...] Mark Knopfler is one of those players that makes it all look so easy to the uninitiated, alternating between singing and stinging guitar fills. [...]" (auf etwa halber Höhe der Website)



The Wall Street Journal

Hot Rize Records Mark Knopfler's "I never met a one like you" for new LP (Exclusive Premiere)

Eric R. Danton, 16.09.2014



Dire Straits Keyboardist Alan Clark On His New Project The Straits

Matt Wardlaw, 12.05.2014



Top 10 Dire Straits Songs

Michael Gallucci

What got you into film scores?

Simon Sweetman, 13.01.2014

Mark Knopfler, Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles

Larson Sutton, 27.10.2013


Website Guy Fletcher

Guy Fletcher End of the Tour: Homeward Bound

Guy Fletcher,  02.08.2013


Website Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett After the last Concert:...Notes from the Road

Richard Bennet, 02.08.2013


The Telegraph

Nelson Mandela dies: The story behind his 70th birthday concert

Tony Hollingsworth, 06.12.2013

If Sachin Tendulkar‘s not a hero, who is, asks Dire Straits‘ Mark Knopfler

Derek Abraham, 19.11.2013

Jack Sonni: Former Rock Guitarist‘s varied Career


Privateering: A Masterclass from an old Campaigner

Barry Jones, 13.10.2013


Rolling Stone

Mark Knopfler: I Love Writing Songs More Than Ever

Eric R. Danton, 09.10.2013


Huff Post Entertainment

A Conversation with Mark Knopfler

Mike Ragogna, 08.10.2013



Mark Knopfler: 'Privateering': The Van‘s Not Too Strong

John Garrat, 09.09.2013


Slant Magazine

Mark Knopfler - 'Privateering'

Ted Scheinman, 06.09.2013


Best Things Mark Knopfler has done since splitting with Dire Straits

Mike Mineo, 02.09.2013

Mark Knopfler confirms U.S. Release for 'Privateering'



The London Diaries

London Mark Knopfler at the Royal Albert Hall 

Sabine, 01.06.2013


Ian St Peters

Birmingham Mark Knopfler at the LG Arena



Liverpool ECHO

Liverpool Mark Knopfler at the Echo Arena

Jamie Bowman, 23.05.2013


Daily Echo

Bournemouth Mark Knopfler

Allan Jones, 22.05.2013



Newcastle Mark Knopfler at Metro Radio Arena

Jessica Murray, 20.05.2013


The Journal

Newcastle Mark Knopfler at Metro Radio Arena

Ron Clarke, 20.05.2013


Liverpool ECHO

Liverpool Mark Knopfler at the Echo Arena 

Marc Waddington, 20.05.2013


The Scotsman

Gig review: Mark Knopfler, Glasgow

David Pollack, 18. Mai.2013


Pop Culture Classics

David Knopfler: Navigating his own musical Straits

Paul Freeman, 05.2013



An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band



The Buffelo News

David Knopfler performs Sunday at Sportsmen’s Tavern

Dan Herbeck, 02.05.2013



Spanish City'



News Guardian

Spanish City and Mark Knopflers 'Tunnel of Love‘



S.Y. Ciphers

The time we met Mark Knopfler in Hyde Park 

Stephanie Yamkovenko,  19.01.2013


A Metropolitan Guide

Mark Knopfler: 'Privateering'

Brian Davis, 07.01.2013


 2014 / 2013


The Nerds Uncanny

Mark Knopfler is my white Whale



A Mark in Time

Mark Knopfler: Tour 2012, St. Paul, Minnisota

Rkd, 07.11.2012



Mark Knopfler enchants Dylan Crowd with super-sized Opening Set

Rob Thomas, 06.11.2012


Huff Post Entertainment

Ax, Naturally: Former Strait Man Mark Knopfler Still Keeps His Cool

Michael Bialas, 05.11.2012


Ground Control


G. Murray Thomas, 17.09.2012



Privateering' - Mark Knopfler

Cherascu Andrei, 16.09.2012


The Independent

How I fit Bob Dylan in around the school run 

Paul Sexton, 17.09.2012

Mark Knopfler: back behind the plough

Simon Sweetman, 14.09.2012


VVN / Music

Privateering' - Mark Knopfler

David Spencer, 11.09.2012




Richard Marcus, 11.09.2012



Mark Knopfler asks for Help in Saving the Rhino






The Telegraph

Mark Knopfler: How did we avoid disaster? 

Neil McCormick, 05.09.2012


Liverpool Echo

Dire Straights legend Mark Knopfler to play the Liverpool ECHO arena.

Jade Wright, 03.09.2012





Oxford American

Local Hero: Mark Knopfler’s American Music

Meg Reid, 17.07.2012


The Independent

Kitty Aldridge: 'A Trick I Learned from Dead Men'

Melissa McClements, 14.07.2012


Daily Mail Online

Kitty Aldridge: 'A Trick I Learned From Dead Men'

Michael Arditti, 12.07.2012


Green Flag

Mark Knopfler: 'Sultans of Swing' top driving Song



Daily Mail Online

Kitty Aldridge: Emotional ties with novelist Kitty Aldrid

Rosanna Greenstreet, 07.07.2012


The Guardian

Kitty Aldridge: The deceased are like gods in a way



Mirror News

Prince William's Verdict on 'African Cats' as he calls for Conservation Effort (FOTOS)

April 2012


Big Foot Diaries

Five Questions With David Knopfler




 2011 - 2010


The Independent

A fine Tribute to the mild Man of  



MK-Fanclub Norwegen

Interview mit Jack Sonni



MK-Fanclub Norwegen

Interview mit Terry Williams



MK-Fanclub Norwegen

Interview mit John Illsley



MK-Fanclub Norwegen

Interview mit Richard Bennett




Get Lucky'

Jesse Kornbluth, 15.09.2009

Mark Knopfler talks about Life as new Album Debuts 

Dave Williams, 07.09.2009

Get Lucky'




Get Lucky' (Press Kit mit Interview)

Simon Sweetman, 07.09.2009



'Get Lucky'

Dawn Maria Fechena, 2009


Rolling Stone

Mark Knopfler’s second Act

Scott Spencer, 09.09.2008


The Scotsman

Guitar Hero Mark Knopfler offers up a musical Masterclass 



The Scotsman

Review of Mark Knopfler at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham 

David Cheal, 19.05.2008


Huff Post Entertainment

Mark Knopfler Talks About his New Album, 'Kill to Get Crimson'


Jesse Kornbluth, 25.09.2007




 Universal  Music Austria

Kill To Get Crimson' (Press Kit)




The Herald (Scotland)

Money for something: Knopfler's first Guitar set to sell for £3000 at Auction

Phil Miller, 19.04.2007



Kitty Aldridge: How Kitty swapped TV Fame for a Novel Challenge

Melanie Whitehouse , 09.04.2007


Sound on Sound

Classic Tracks: Dire Straits ‚Money For Nothing'

Richard Buskin, Mai 2006



The Third Voice

Andy Tennille



All The Roadrunning': Mark Knopfler und Emmylou Harris

Manfred Bleskin, 09.05.2006


The Telegraph

Mark Knopfler and his Accident

Judith Woods, 18.08.2004


MK-Fanclub Norwegen

Interview mit Guy Fletcher



MK-Fanclub Norwegen

Interview mit David Knopfler


The Scotsman

Dreams of a 'Why Aye Man'




The Ragpicker's Dream'


ca. 2000

Mark Knopfler's Music

Mark Knopfler on the Lawsuit against Napster and his Opinion on Bootlegs

Sacha Reins, 22.09.2000



Sailing To Philadelphia': Knopfler proves he‘s still the Sultan of smart Rock


Steve Baltin, 26.09.2000



 1997 - 1979


The Free Library

Mark ties the knot again




Classic guitar Interview




Mark Knopfler make it cry, make it sing

Andy Widders-Ellis, June 1992


Mustafa Odabasi's 

On Every Street': An Interview with Mark Knopfler



The Telegraph

Nelson Mandela dies: The story behind his 70th birthday concert

Tony Hollingsworth, 06.12.2013



Rolling Stone

Fearless Leader Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler Takes Command

Ken Tucker and David Fricke, 21.11.1985


Rolling Stone

Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms

Debby Bull, 04.07.1985



Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits 'Solid Rock'




Mark Knopfler Innovative Leader of Dire Straits

Joel A. Siegel, 07.1979


Rolling Stone

Dire Straits

Ken Tucker, 25.01.1979