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Newcastle, United Kingdom (1977 – 1995)

Dire Straits were a band from Newcastle, United Kingdom, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), his brother David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums), and subsequently managed by Ed Bicknell. Dire Straits emerged during the era of the late ’70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to . If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of , but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the group built their sound upon the laid-back of J.J. Cale, but they also had jazz and country inflections, occasionally dipping into the epic song structures of . The band’s music was offset by Knopfler’s lyrics, which approximated the winding, stream-of-conscious narratives of Bob Dylan. As their career progressed, Dire Straits became more refined and their new maturity happened to coincide with the rise of MTV and the compact disc. These two musical revolutions from the mid-’80s helped make Dire Straits’ fifth studio album, Brothers in Arms, an international blockbuster. The band - along with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, and Steve Winwood - became one of the leaders of a group of self-consciously mature veteran rock & rollers in the late ’80s that designed their music to appeal to aging baby boomers.


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  • BreakfastPills

    Local Hero Wild Theme

    5 Sep 9:57pm Reply
  • roldki

    David Knopfler's solo stuff is fantastic. Some of it is probably even on par with some of the earlier DS albums.

    24 Aug 5:50pm Reply
  • davecarter

    love over gold is class but there really is no excuse for walk of life

    20 Aug 4:09pm Reply
  • filtrum

    I just can't get enough of some of the recent albums by David Knopfler and John Illsley. I like them more than Dire Straits, what's wrong with me?:)

    18 Aug 8:11pm Reply
  • MaxxNemo

    эта группа просто супер. я немогу выразить свое восхищение когда впервые их начал слушать. это просто нечно. гениальное композиторское мастерство с неменее гениальной игрой на гитаре довольно большая редкость. марк нопфлер просто уникум. восхищаюсь его талантом. безусловно эта группа одна из лучших на нашей земле0))))

    12 Aug 10:54pm Reply
  • hectorlopezt

    Sultans of swing ♥

    8 Aug 2:27am Reply
  • Linuxero666

    Love Over Gold unos de los mejores discos de Dire Straits :)

    3 Aug 4:45pm Reply
  • roldki

    I went through their discography just for fun and not a single one of their albums sucked. That's pretty rare.

    2 Aug 6:34pm Reply
  • rezazack

    Tunnel Of Love ♥

    22 Jul 4:50pm Reply
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    21 Jul 8:57pm Reply
  • cenkdemirkiran

    Brother In Arms ♥

    17 Jul 8:44pm Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    Гитара Кнопфлерра необыкновенна, хотя местами напоминает игру Дэвида Гилмора. Но оба великие гитаристы )

    15 Jul 7:23am Reply
  • Emiley831

    Sultans of Swing♡

    13 Jul 3:57pm Reply
  • lucas_xs

    Communiqué <3

    11 Jul 8:20pm Reply
  • BundaBranca

    come meu cuu

    19 Jun 6:11pm Reply
  • mousavian

    منو از شرّ همه عالم نجات میده دایر استریتس. ♥

    19 Jun 5:02am Reply
  • Krystalicznaa

    Tunnel of love ♥♥

    15 Jun 6:54pm Reply
  • Bangerboy66

    these guys rule... my fave rock band after Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple :P

    13 Jun 3:11pm Reply
  • Kertalaaki

    Yep, still the best.

    11 Jun 1:17pm Reply
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