Certainly, he seems to be an almost peculiarly measured man. "The song is the king - the song is in charge of you," he says. If you are up on stage and you're getting ready to play Brothers in Arms, for example, you realise just how important it is for some people... what it's meant to them, all the generations as well. People say what they were doing, and you realise you've written half of the soundtrack to their lives. 50.765175, -1.438103, Homes - Celebrity - Entertainment - Musicians. 9. It's gone.". Forget the tantrums and flashy lifestyles associated with most stars, Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler is at his happiest when surrounded by his family or riding his beloved scooter. "Kitty writes books, how she manages to balance it all," he says. Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. People getting married and walking down the aisle, all sorts of things. There are astronauts that have taken it up into space. "When you come from the North - probably it's a similar thing in Ireland and Scotland - there's a sort of mistrust in anything that's not really rooted in common sense," he says. Following the end of the war, it was the start of the Baby Boomer years and technology advancements such as the jet engine, nuclear fusion, radar, rocket technology and others later became the starting points for Space Exploration and Improved Air Travel. Then you don't hear it talking to you any more. In any case, it "was just one of those things that can happen". ", In some ways, Knopfler compares writing songs to parenting children. About 10 years ago, Knopfler was knocked off his motorbike by a car. And how much money does Mark Knopfler earn? I mean look at this place," he adds, casting a glance at the studio around him. "And then it goes off and has its own life. He sold his house in London and moved to another house in London. It's important. I remember he moved to somewhere else in the same area of Kings Road. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. Inspired by his Uncle Kingsley playing boogie-woogie on the piano, Mark developed an intense passion for music when he was about eight ye… I was really, in a lot of ways, quite green and I don't think I really knew how society worked at all. Since Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler has recorded and produced nine solo albums and, as with his previous band, produced many hit songs. Knopfler is grateful that when success hit, he was old enough and experienced enough to know how to handle it. It seems like writing and recording is almost a compulsion for him. "Not being 18, being in my late 20s, was the thing that made me survive it," he says. 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In 1997, he married the actress and author Kitty Aldridge, and the couple seems to have a happy life. "The printer's ink wasn't coursing through my veins, but I've got a lot of admiration for it. I do certainly. Jewish: Residence He owns a house in Glasgow, United Kingdom. "But there's nothing in the world as sweet as a little girl. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. Knopfler has never been a typical rock star. It's certainly not far from this one though!!! Mark Knopfler is a singer/songwriter who has enjoyed huge success not only as the lead singer of rock band Dire Straits but also in his later solo career. "Boys are really simple," Knopfler says. Such a great place.. Mark Freuder Knopfler was born on 12 August 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland to an English mother and Hungarian Jewish father. "So maybe it's to do with that, not getting above yourself, just staying rooted and focussed.". Dad's breakfast bar is temporarily closed. Knopfler's title track is often used as an encore at many of his concerts, Cal (1984) - another iconic soundtrack, this featured the title theme The Long Road, which evoked the drama of the Troubles film, based on Belfast author Bernard MacLaverty's novel, and starring Helen Mirren and Newry's John Lynch, Brothers in Arms (1985) - the fifth studio album by Dire Straits, it reached number one worldwide, became the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history and produced a string of hit singles, including Money For Nothing (featuring a cameo from Sting) and Walk of Life, On Every Street (1991) - the sixth and final studio album by Dire Straits, it reached the top of the UK albums chart, although it was not quite as popular or as successful as its predecessor.