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Dire Straits


Dire Straits were a British rock band that formed in Deptford, London, in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Dire Straits' sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band's early years, their stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more "rootsy" influence that emerged from pub rock. Many of Dire Straits' compositions were melancholic.

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Win tickets to see John Illsley from Dire Straits live

When you’ve been a member of one of the biggest bands in the world it might be thought reasonable to retire to the country,

via Music-News at October 5, 2017

Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing” in the Styles of 12 Famous Guitarists

Back in 2015, guitarist Andre Antunes had a viral sensation with a video in which he copied the styles of 10 famous guitarists while soloing to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” He followed it up with similar takes on Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” and the music…

via Guitar World at March 23, 2017

Three Incredible Guitarists Play Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing"

Simply put, this professionally shot video—which was posted to YouTube about three years ago—shows three guitar masters at work. It's an incredible—and purely instrumental—performance of Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing" by Tommy Emmanuel (right),…

via Guitar World at August 12, 2016

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