Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British songwriter, film score composer, guitarist, and record producer.
He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the band
which he co-founded with his brother, David Knopfler, in 1977.
He has composed and produced film scores for eight films, including Local Hero (1983),
Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), and Wag the Dog (1997).
Mark Freuder Knopfler
August 12th, 1949 ( age
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Rock, roots rock, Celtic rock, blues-rock
Film score composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, singer-songwriter
Vocals, guitar, resonator guitar
The Notting Hillbillies
Mark Knopfler Stratocaster
Pensa Custom MKII
Mark Knopfler Quotes:
Every guitar I own gets used and has its purpose.
I bad a piano long before I bad a guitar, and the practice I got just playing those three chords in a basic 12-bar blues song was very important.
I don't like definitions, but if there is a definition of freedom, it would be when you have control over your reality to transform it, to change it, rather than having it imposed upon you. You can't really ask for more than.
I don't really think of Dire Straits as a sound, you know. It. just depends on the song, and the stuff we're doing is so varied.
I even played bass for a while. Besides playing electric guitar, I'd also get asked to play some acoustic stuff. But, since I didn't have an acoustic guitar at the time, I used to borrow one from a friend so I could play folk joints.
I love Gibsons, and Nationals, too. There's something magical about them.
I was into playing American music, especially the blues.
I'm not a collector, however, and I have no desire to own 50 or 60 guitars.
My playing is fairly straightforward, really, and everything's pretty much standard no frills or special effects.
There happened to be guitar classes at the college, and there was a guitar teacher there with whom I used to play. In addition, I also would go out into country schools and teach little kids basic guitar and singing a few times a week.
Well, I was born in Scotland and spent the first six years of my life there. Then I went to Newcastle-On-Tyne in northeast England, close to Scotland.
While I was into many different types of music, and played with many different local groups, I really didn't have a band to call my own until Dire Straits was formed in 1977.
Mark Knopfler Awards
Grammy Award for Best-Surround Sound Album: Brothers in Arms—20th Anniversary Edition
Edison Award for Oeuvreprijs internationaal
Edison Award for Neck and Neck Country
Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration “Poor Boy Blues,”
Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance “So Soft, Your Goodbye,”
Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance “Cosmic Square Dance,”