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July 14, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
For more than 25 years, Mark Knopfler has by and large populated his songs with a cast of anonymous scufflers -- a bunch of ragpickers, starry-eyed dreamers, sad lovers and journeyman musicians who move through the world without much notice. So on his latest album, "Shangri-La," it's a surprise that three songs stand out for the very lack of anonymity of their subjects.
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June 30, 2006 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
Duets are a way of life for Emmylou Harris. She's a veteran country-folk-rock artist with her own long history of solo albums and hits, but her soft, high twang is also much in demand elsewhere, recruited over the years to sing alongside the likes of Neil Young, Bill Monroe and, most memorably, Gram Parsons. Harris' newest singing partner is former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, whose vaguely Dylanesque growl makes a surprisingly fine counterpoint to her elegant understatement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM
After waiting six years to follow up Dire Straits' 1985 blockbuster "Brothers in Arms," Mark Knopfler gets it half right. The opening six songs of "On Every Street" (in stores now) form a cohesive, haunting half-hour meditation on loss and unfulfilled yearning that would have made a great EP. As for the rest, well, he's the one who said rock 'n' roll was money for nothing.
NEWS
July 14, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
For more than 25 years, Mark Knopfler has by and large populated his songs with a cast of anonymous scufflers -- a bunch of ragpickers, starry-eyed dreamers, sad lovers and journeyman musicians who move through the world without much notice. So on his latest album, "Shangri-La," it's a surprise that three songs stand out for the very lack of anonymity of their subjects.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Chieftains would seem to have done it all. They've performed for the Pope and the Queen of England. They've played everywhere from the pubs of Dublin to London's Royal Albert Hall to the Great Wall of China. They've been appointed official music ambassadors by the Irish government. And, earlier this year, they snagged the two top Grammys in their musical field. Are there no stones left unturned for Ireland's premiere traditional music group?
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May 17, 2001 | ROGER CATLIN, HARTFORD COURANT
Outside the hotel, the girls screamed. Fans tried to storm the lobby. In his room, it must have been a distant echo for Mark Knopfler, who once disdained the arena-rock realm his band Dire Straits had reached, saying, "It got so big, I just wanted to go and run away." In Mexico City to open the world tour now in the United States, he heard the screams again. But not for him. "The Backstreet Boys are doing a big show here, too, and staying at the same hotel," Knopfler says over the phone.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1996 | Sara Scribner
*** Mark Knopfler, "Golden Heart," Warner Bros. With his cinematic storytelling and smoky, armchair vocals in Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler repopularized classic bar-blues in the age of new wave. Solo, he swaps guitar grinds for more lilting melodies, personal complaints for sweeping indictments of materialism. Peppered with bagpipes and Irish whistles, "Golden Heart" is as somber-hued and lovely on the surface as it is pointed and politically charged underneath.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2003
Tour scuttled: Former Dire Straits lead guitarist Mark Knopfler, who broke his collarbone and six ribs in a motorcycle accident in London on March 19, has canceled his North American summer tour, which was to have included concerts in San Diego on July 22, Santa Barbara on July 23 and Los Angeles on July 24.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2003 | Michael T. Jarvis
The Web site for recording artist Mark Knopfler is warning his fans about a new spin on the old Dire Straits theme of "money for nothing" -- possible fake Knopfler autographs being sold on the Internet. Under the heading "EBay Fakes," the site notes that "it has come to our notice that a number photographs, CD liners, etc., are being sold on EBay with what we suspect could be fake Mark Knopfler autographs.
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March 19, 2003 | From Associated Press
Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler broke ribs and a collarbone in a motorcycle accident and will be unable to perform at a London concert later this month, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Publicist Judy Shaw of Mercury Records said Knopfler was knocked from his Honda bike when it collided with a Fiat Punto in central London on Monday morning. A spokeswoman for St. Thomas's hospital said Knopfler, 53, was treated for six broken ribs and a broken collarbone before being discharged Monday evening.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2003 | Michael T. Jarvis
The Web site for recording artist Mark Knopfler is warning his fans about a new spin on the old Dire Straits theme of "money for nothing" -- possible fake Knopfler autographs being sold on the Internet. Under the heading "EBay Fakes," the site notes that "it has come to our notice that a number photographs, CD liners, etc., are being sold on EBay with what we suspect could be fake Mark Knopfler autographs.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2003
Tour scuttled: Former Dire Straits lead guitarist Mark Knopfler, who broke his collarbone and six ribs in a motorcycle accident in London on March 19, has canceled his North American summer tour, which was to have included concerts in San Diego on July 22, Santa Barbara on July 23 and Los Angeles on July 24.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2003 | From Associated Press
Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler broke ribs and a collarbone in a motorcycle accident and will be unable to perform at a London concert later this month, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Publicist Judy Shaw of Mercury Records said Knopfler was knocked from his Honda bike when it collided with a Fiat Punto in central London on Monday morning. A spokeswoman for St. Thomas's hospital said Knopfler, 53, was treated for six broken ribs and a broken collarbone before being discharged Monday evening.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2001 | ROGER CATLIN, HARTFORD COURANT
Outside the hotel, the girls screamed. Fans tried to storm the lobby. In his room, it must have been a distant echo for Mark Knopfler, who once disdained the arena-rock realm his band Dire Straits had reached, saying, "It got so big, I just wanted to go and run away." In Mexico City to open the world tour now in the United States, he heard the screams again. But not for him. "The Backstreet Boys are doing a big show here, too, and staying at the same hotel," Knopfler says over the phone.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS
The former Dire Straits frontman's second full-fledged solo album is all over the map--and the calendar. He creates mini-dramas set in various times and places--mostly the U.K. and the U.S.--enlivened by the atmospheric rock, folk and blues music he's also drawn on for his many film scores.
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March 31, 1996 | Sara Scribner
*** Mark Knopfler, "Golden Heart," Warner Bros. With his cinematic storytelling and smoky, armchair vocals in Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler repopularized classic bar-blues in the age of new wave. Solo, he swaps guitar grinds for more lilting melodies, personal complaints for sweeping indictments of materialism. Peppered with bagpipes and Irish whistles, "Golden Heart" is as somber-hued and lovely on the surface as it is pointed and politically charged underneath.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 1985
Kudos to Terry Atkinson for his slam review of the new Dire Straits album (Record Rack, May 26). Sure, Mark Knopfler is a guitar "whiz," but what makes him think that mere talent and artistic vision are enough to make it in the music business? We all know that actual competency on one's instrument accounts for only 5% of what it takes to be successful. Come on, not one member of this band has his hair streaked orange or wears even a shred of lace! This band is so untrendy that I was actually able to buy fairly decent seats at a fairly intimate local venue for their show in August.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1985 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Nobody ever claimed that rock 'n' roll is logical. Take Dire Straits: Who would ever have guessed that the English band, which is about as ordinary- looking as rock groups come, would achieve its big commercial breakthrough with a music video? The seven-man band's concert Sunday night at the Pacific Amphitheatre, part of its first U.S. tour in five years, did little to dispel the notion that this is a band that is best experienced with one's eyes closed.
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November 30, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Chieftains would seem to have done it all. They've performed for the Pope and the Queen of England. They've played everywhere from the pubs of Dublin to London's Royal Albert Hall to the Great Wall of China. They've been appointed official music ambassadors by the Irish government. And, earlier this year, they snagged the two top Grammys in their musical field. Are there no stones left unturned for Ireland's premiere traditional music group?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler isn't necessarily the ascetic type--as his penchant for chain smoking during a recent interview will attest. Still, Knopfler is one who believes in self-deprivation, if only to renew a hunger for one of the many musical disciplines--from film scores to concerts to side groups to Dire Straits albums--among which he alternates. "We've just been on a break for two weeks and I've been writing like crazy. . .
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