Dire Straits

By David Downs

 

Blues-inflected, mellow rockers Dire Straits formed in 1977, bucking the trends with a quiet, literate, accomplished type of pub rock that managed to find millions of fans worldwide. Named after their career prospects, Dire Straits gained followers who were fanatics for the band’s laid back, wistful narratives. At the core of the group’s magic is gifted songwriter Mark Knopfler – a gruff-voiced, finger-picking electric guitarist who chose authenticity over the popular punk anarchy of the time. As punk, metal, and glam rose and fell, Dire Straits steadily... Read More

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