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A R T I K E L    2015

   A U T O R  /  D A T U M

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. [...]" 

[Knopfler verkündete: "Es ist schon 23 Monate, eh, 23 Jahre her, seit ich versucht habe, dieses Lied zu singen." Er fügte hinzu: "Dies könnte eine vollständige und vollkommene Katastrophe sein." Er bezog sich auf den Dire Strait-Song 'On every Street' "]



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. [...]”

(Mit dem zweiten Song erschien im Osten ein riesiger Regenbogen und man konnte sehen, wie Knopfler seine Bandkollegen darauf hinwies. Das Universum sandte denjenigen, die dem Wetter trotzten, ein Zeichen, dass ihre Reise es wert war. Und so war es.)


Christie Marcy, 16.09.2015

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: Belgien, Antwerpen

Knopfler amuzeert zichzelf en publiek in Sportpaleis

"[...] Dollen met de roadie, grapjes met het publiek: Mark Knopfler had er zin in, gisteravond in het Sportpaleis. De voormalige frontman van Dire Straits nam in Antwerpen revanche voor zijn iets mindere passage van twee jaar geleden. [...]”



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


Q U E L L E   /  L I N K

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"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
ultimateclassicrock 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 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

ChronicleLive 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 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

  03.11.2013 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
PopMatters Mark Knopfler: 'Privateering': The Van‘s Not Too Strong  

John Garrat, 09.09.2013

Slant Magazine Mark Knopfler - 'Privateering'   Ted Scheinman, 06.09.2013
The Wall Street Journal Mark Knopfler releases Double Album ‚Privateering‘ in the USA  

Marc Myers, 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 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



The Nerds Uncanny

Mark Knopfler is my white Whale

A Mark in Time Mark Knopfler: Tour 2012, St. Paul, Minnisota  

Rkd, 07.11.2012

Square 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 'Privateering'   G. Murray Thomas, 17.09.2012
BlindedBysound 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
BC*blogcritics 'Privateering'   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

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

Amazon Get Lucky'   Jesse Kornbluth, 15.09.2009 Mark Knopfler talks about Life as new Album Debuts    Dave Williams, 07.09.2009

Get Lucky'

mark-knopfer-news Get Lucky' (Press Kit mit Interview)   Simon Sweetman, 07.09.2009
antimusik '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

Express 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
n-tv 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

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

Steve Baltin, 26.09.2000 Sultans Of Swing': Track by Track Guide  

Robert Sandall, o. J.

The Free Library

Mark ties the knot again


Classic guitar Interview

mk-guitar 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'

mk-guitar Mark Knopfler ▪ Innovative Leader of Dire Straits  

Joel A. Siegel, 07.1979

Rolling Stone Dire Straits  

Ken Tucker, 25.01.1979