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In this clip from Sky Arts's ‘Guitar Stories’ Mark Knopfler, John Illsley and Steve Phillips discuss the National Style 'O’ Guitar, its distinctive nickel-plated brass guitar with palm tree etchings, and how the track 'Romeo And Juliet' came to be.

Guitar Stories

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'Love Over Gold' is not just the title of Dire Straits’ fourth album, it is a statement of purpose...singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Knopfler has chosen to follow his muse, fashioning a collection of radically expanded epics and evocative tone poems that demand the listener’s undivided attention." (from Rolling Stone, 1982)

Watch the official video for title track 'Love Over Gold' here: [...
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On this day in 1981: 'Romeo And Juliet' was released as a single. Recorded at the Power Station studio in New York City with producer Jimmy Iovine, the song was the stand-out track from the album Making Movies. Watch the full video here: [ Youtu.be Link ]

Romeo And Juliet

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How well do you know Dire Straits and their live shows? Test your knowledge with this quiz and challenge your friends to find out who the Dire Straits expert is! [ Ow.ly Link ]

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Back in the summer of ‘77, an English teacher called Mark Knopfler started a band at home in a council flat in Deptford. This was 'what I’d always wanted to do, and there was a bit of ‘now or never’ about it. But I wasn’t hectic or desperate. I just enjoyed playing.' - MK

Read the full interview from the archives here: [ Ow.ly Link ]

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After composing the soundtrack for the film ‘Local Hero’, Mark Knopfler again collaborated with writer/director, Bill Forsyth, to soundtrack his next film 'Comfort and Joy’ in 1984. Featuring original compositions and Dire Straits tracks, the album is now available everywhere to stream on digital platforms: [ Markknopfler.lnk.to Link ]

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A big thank you to all Dire Straits fans who have been listening on Spotify. Check out this year's wrap below and continue to stream all the best songs here: [ Direstraits.lnk.to Link ]
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John Illsley, Eric Clapton And Many More For Royal Marsden Benefit Show

Eric Clapton, Tom Jones And Many More For Royal Marsden Benefit Show

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“So when I come in here and I see a couple of guitars in the corner, I get the same buzz that I had when I was a kid.” - Mark Knopfler on 2018 Album ‘Down The Road Wherever’, 1 year old today

“Same Buzz I Had As A Kid”: Mark Knopfler On 'Down The Road Wherever'

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An evening with John Illsley about the Life and Times of Dire Straits!

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