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Dire Straits

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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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  • rezazack

    Tunnel Of Love ♥

    22 Jul 4:50pm Reply
  • Eolo05

    Fantástico!

    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
  • talita_mendes

    2 Jun 7:39pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    I really love the Sultans of Swag

    28 May 10:45pm Reply
  • Lidiss1995

    Money for Nothing ♥

    25 May 11:26pm Reply
  • Cat_007

    cool band...

    3 May 3:10pm Reply
  • e-voice

    Brothers In Arms the best of Dire Straits

    14 Apr 10:53pm Reply
  • nomoretears_

    tinha que ter semelhança super com mac demarco pq pqp né IDENTICÃO

    27 Mar 6:54pm Reply
  • nenadb97

    Brothers In Arms ♥

    20 Mar 9:55pm Reply
  • Linuxero666

    05 de marzo de 1952 Nace Alan Clark en Great Lumley, Inglaterra, es un músico inglés. Teclista de Dire Straits desde los años 1980 hasta la disolución de la banda. La banda incorporó un teclista que no había tenido hasta entoces. En el estudio de Making Movies, fue Roy Bittan (de la E Street Band) el que interpretó los teclados como músico de sesión. Justo tras la publicación del álbum, Clark pasó a formar parte de la banda (participando en la gira del mismo). Su primera aparición en un disco de estudio de la banda fue Love Over Gold en 1982. Continuó siendo parte de la banda hasta su disolución en 1995.

    5 Mar 4:03am Reply
  • PlutonianIce

    Проникновенней нет ничего

    9 Feb 7:50pm Reply
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