One of the most celebrated British guitarists to emerge in the 1970s, Mark Knopfler rose to fame as the guitarist and leading vocalist of iconic roots rock group, Dire Straits. Knopfler’s songwriting and skillful guitar work lead Dire Straits to international success. His clean and nimble picking set the band apart from the rest in a world where punk and new wave were defining their own techniques and metal music was taking guitar solos in loud and unpredictable directions. Dire Straits became one of the best-selling music acts in the world, spending over 1,100 weeks on the UK albums chart and ranking fifth of all-time. Knopfler parted ways with the band in 1995, pursuing his solo career full-time. As a solo act, he has recorded and performed with some of the biggest artists in music history including Elton John, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Sting, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, and James Taylor. He has lent his talents to record producing and composing film scores for movies like The Princess Bride and Altamira. Knopfler is a four-time Grammy Award winner. He holds three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the UK and has released ten solo albums to date.
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