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Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler

Fact Sheet

Musical genre:Pop  
BandDire Straits
Birthday12 August 1949 (68)
Birthplace  Scotland, UK
Mark Knopfler (born August 12, 1949) is a Scottish guitarist, singer, songwriter and former journalist and lecturer. He is most well known as the lead guitarist and vocalist for Dire Straits, but has also played in other bands (such as the Notting Hillbillies) and produced a number of albums as a solo performer. In addition, he scored the music to several films, including Local Hero, The Princess Bride and Last Exit to Brooklyn.

He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved with his family to Newcastle upon Tyne in the mid 1950s. He learned to play the guitar as a teenager, and after completing tertiary education and working for the Yorkshire Evening Post and then Loughton College, he became a full time musician in the 1970s. He is noted for being left-handed, but playing right-handed, and for fingerpicking instead of strumming or using a plectrum; fingerpicking is usually associated with the acoustic guitar, but Knopfler usually (but not always) plays an electric guitar, particularly the Fender Stratocaster.

Knopfler and his associated bands have sold over 100 million albums, and performed live to audiences totalling many millions. He has twin sons (Benji and Joseph), and a daughter Isabella; he holds a degree in English from Leeds University, and has been awarded an honorary music degree from Newcastle University.