Mark Knopfler has contributed to liner notes in CD booklets from various artists. Apart from these liner notes, Mark has also written forewords for a couple of books. I decicated this section to all these personal words from Mark. Since the section with the forewords covers just a few books, I also added various other books I have about Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler. Most of them are unauthorized but still interesting to have as some contain great photos. I just have a modest selection of what's available. Click on the title of a CD or book to get more details.

 

Liner notes by Mark Knopfler - CD's

Artist Album Format Year of release
Various artists The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1CD 1987
Brendan Croker The Kershaw Sessions 1CD 1994
Mike Henderson & The Bluebloods First blood 1CD 1996
Elvis Presley Artist of the century 3CD 1999
Richard Bennett Themes from a rainy decade 1CD 2004
Blue Highway Marbletown 1CD 2005
Pieta Brown Mercury 1CD 2011

 

Forewords by Mark Knopfler - books

Author Title Format Year of release
Hank Marvin Hank Marvin's guitar tutor Paperback 1991
Chas McDevitt Skiffle: The definitive Inside story Hardcover 1997
Frank Allen Travelling man: On the road with The Searchers Hardcover 1999
Rudy Pensa Archtop Guitars: The journey from Cremona to New York Hardcover & clam shell 2011

 

Messages from Mark Knopfler

Author Subject Format Year of release
Mark Knopfler Unite for Syria Internet 2012
Mark Knopfler Rhino message Internet 2013
Mark Knopfler Pussy Riot message Internet 2013
Mark Knopfler Phil Everly Internet 2014
Mark Knopfler BB King Internet 2015
Mark Knopfler David Bowie Internet 2016
Mark Knopfler Save Wilderness Discovery Internet 2016
Mark Knopfler Sir George Martin Internet 2016
Mark Knopfler Merle Haggard Internet 2016
Mark Knopfler Prince Internet 2016
Mark Knopfler Scotty Moore Internet 2016
Mark Knopfler Bob Dylan Internet 2016
Mark Knopfler Bab Kennedy Internet 2016
Mark Knopfler Leonard Cohen Internet 2016
Mark Knopfler Chuck Berry Internet 2017

 

Various books about or featuring Dire Straits / Mark Knopfler

Author Title Format Year of release
Michael Oldfield Dire Straits Hardcover 1984
Michael Oldfield Dire Straits Paperback 1984
Philip Kamin Dire Straits Paperback 1985
┴lvaro Feito Dire Straits Paperback 1986
Betty Shapiro Dire Straits - Studio su testi e musiche Paperback 1989
Various authors Dire Straits Paperback 1991
Petra Zeitz Dire Straits Paperback 1991
Myles Palmer Mark Knopfler Paperback 1991
Myles Palmer Mark Knopfler Hardcover 1991
Betty Shapiro Dire Straits - Il pop-rock di Mark Knopfler & Co Paperback 1993
Giancarlo Passarella Solid Rock Paperback 1993
Peter Evans Mark Knopfler Guitar Styles - Volume I Paperback 1993
Peter Evans Mark Knopfler Guitar Styles - Volume II Paperback 1993
Giancarlo Passarella Dire Straits - Manuali Rock 22 Paperback 1994
Colin Irwin Dire Straits Paperback 1994
Colin Irwin Dire Straits Paperback 1995
Silvia Grijalba Dire Straits Paperback 1995
Gunther Matejka Musiker - Selbstportraits Hardcover 2002
Andrew Zuckerman Music Hardcover 2010
Mark Makin Palm trees, senoritas... and rocket ships Hardcover 2013
Anne Graham, Michael Hamilton My North East: by its famous sons & daughters Hardcover 2013

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Various artists - The Secret Policeman's Third Ball

The Secret Policeman's Balls is the collective name informally used to describe the long-running series of benefit shows staged in England to raise funds for the human rights organisation Amnesty International. The shows started out in the mid-1970s primarily as comedy galas featuring popular British comedic performers and later expanded to include leading musical performers. Mark Knopfler appeared in this 1987 edition playing two songs with Chet Atkins: I'll see you in my dreams and Imagine. Mark wrote the liner notes for the CD release.

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Mark's liner notes:

 

Artist Various artists
Album The Secret Policeman's Third Ball
Format 1CD
Release 1987
Label Virgin Records
Cat.nr. CDV2458

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Brendan Croker - The Kershaw Sessions

In December 1995, Brendan Croker released his album The Kershaw Sessions. Mark Knopfler plays on four tracks: Please baby, Blues stay away from me, Weapon of prayer, That's where I belong. And Mark also wrote the liner notes for the CD booklet.

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Funny to see that the date of Mark's liner notes is from August 1st 1995 while the CD booklet says the album is from 1994 (which actually should be 1995)
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Artist Brendan Croker
Album The Kershaw Sessions
Format 1CD
Release 1995
Label Strange Roots
Cat.nr. ROOTCD007

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Mike Henderson & The Bluebloods - First blood

In 1996, Mike Henderson released an album called First blood. He asked Mark Knopfler to write the liner notes for the booklet, which Mark did. Years later, Mark invited Mike as being part of the tour band for Mark's second solo tour (Sailing to Philadelphia - 2001). What a great addition that was; slide guitar, harmonica, violin; a perfect addition to the band. Great musician!

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As you can see, the back cover also features one line from Mark's complete liner notes which are pictured below:
 

 

Artist Mike Henderson & The Bluebloods
Album First blood
Format 1CD
Release 1996
Label Dead Reckoning
Cat.nr. DEAR 0006

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Elvis Presley - Artist of the century

In various interviews, Mark Knopfler said that he was a fan of Elvis Presley, trying to imitate him when he was young. He also wrote a song about Elvis called Back to Tupelo which can be found on Mark's album Shangri-La from 2004. In 1999, a 3CD set in long box format was released with the greatest hits of Elvis. Many other artists wrote a few words for this occasion which were printed in the first few pages of each of the three booklets.

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Mark's short liner notes can be found on page 5 of the third booklet:ark

 

Artist Elvis Presley
Album Artist of the century
Format 1CD
Release 1999
Label RCA
Cat.nr. 07863 67732 2

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Richard Bennett - Themes from a rainly decade

Richard Bennett is one of the 96ers, like Mark Knopfler likes to call his band members from 1996 when he started with his first solo tour. Richard has been on tour with Mark ever since and is a great guitar player which he also shows on this album.

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Mark's liner notes:

 

Artist Richard Bennett
Album Themes from a rainy decade
Format 1CD
Release 2004
Label Moderne Shellac
Cat.nr. 6 1689258182 6

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Blue Highway - Marbletown

It's quite remarkable to see an album by a band who not only covers one of Mark Knopfler's songs, but also gives the album the name of that covered song. Mark Knopfler likes this cover as can be read in his liner notes.

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As you can see, the back cover also features one line from Mark's liner notes which are pictured below:

 

Artist Blue Highway
Album Marbletown
Format 1CD
Release 2005
Label Rounder
Cat.nr. 11661-0558-2

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Pieta Brown - Mercury

Pieta Brown (together with Bo Ramsey) was the opening act on Mark Knopfler's Get Lucky world tour 2010. See also a nice shot of the complete MK band together with Pieta and Bo, taken on 31st July 2010 in Spain:

 

In 2011, Pieta released her album Mercury which features Mark Knopfler on the track So many miles. Mark's liner notes can be found on the sticker.


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Mark's liner notes:

 

Artist Pieta Brown
Album Mercury
Format 1CD
Release 2011
Label Red House Records
Cat.nr. RHR CD 242

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Hank Marvin's guitar tutor

A nice book from Hank Marvin in which he learns you to start playing guitar. Allthough the first release of the book was in 1991, it includes two matching cassettes (!) of tuition from the man himself. The book and the two cassettes are housed in an outer carton sleeve. Hank Marvin asked Mark to write the introduction for this book which sure must have been a true pleasure for Mark as Hank and his red Fender Stratocaster has always been a hero to Mark from a young age. Like Mark says in his foreword of "Skiffle: The definitive Inside story" talking about the foreword for this book : "It completes a circuit with the past".

The following is taken from an interview from Vintage Guitar Magazine, May 2001:
Vintage Guitar Magazine: "Did Hank Marvin make you want to play electric guitar?"
Mark Knopfler: "Yeah. I was eight or nine when I got my first Shadows EP, and that’s why my first electric guitar had to be red! I desperately wanted a Fender, but my dad couldn’t afford one, so I ended up getting a H÷fner with a couple of pickups – at least it had a basic Strat shape. And I was in love with that guitar."


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Detail front cover:

 

Mark Knopfler's foreword:

 

Author Hank Marvin
Publisher International Music Publications
Format Paperback
First release 1991
ISBN 0-86359-749-1
Number of pages 83
Language English

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Chas McDevitt - Skiffle: the definitive inside story

The Skiffle craze captured the imagination of Britains youth in the mid 1950s. It was a re-invention, in strictly British terms, of the American jug and spasm band music played at rent parties and get-togethers in the 20s and 30s. A hybrid music, it mixed the elements of folk, country, jazz and pop in a simple yet rhythmic style. It flourished in coffee bars, jazz clubs and even concert hall; and although eventually overtaken in popularity by Rock n Roll it still has its ardent devotees. Thousands of kids had taken up the washboard, guitar and tea-chest bass and formed these Skiffle groups which became the spawning grounds for future rock legends; the Quarrymen became The Beatles, The Railroaders became The Shadows. Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Albert Lee, Chris Farlowe, Roger Glover, Ralph McTell and Martin Carthy are just a few who acknowledge the influence that Skiffle had on their careers. This book documents the Skiffle craze in the UK, inlcuding 121 photos & illustrations.


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Mark Knopfler's foreword:

Author Chass McDevitt
Publisher Robson Books
Format Hardcover
First release 1997
ISBN 1-86105-140-9
Number of pages 294
Language English

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Rudy Pensa - Archtop Guitars: The journey from Cremona to New York

This book celebrates the works of famed New Yorks archtop guitar builders John D'Angelico, James D'Aquisto and John Monteleone. The book features wonderful pictures of various violins and guitars, including some great pictures of Mark Knopfler's Monteleone Isabella and Monteleone Autumn. It's a very large and heavy high quality book. In July 2011, I received my limited edition which comes with a clam shell and gold leafing on the edges of the book. The book and clam shell combined are over 5kg in weight! Rudy Pensa personally signed it for me. If you are interested in the book, contact Rudy's Music in New York: http://www.rudysmusic.com
 

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Mark Knopfler's foreword:

 

Personally signed by Rudy Pensa:

 

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Details inside:

              


              

                             

 

Author Rudy Pensa
Publisher Graphis
Format Hardcover with clam shell
First release 2011
ISBN 1-932026-75-4
Number of pages 433
Language English

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Frank Allen - Travelling man: On the road with The Searchers

In 1999 Frank Allen, bass player and front man with The Searchers since 1964, wrote a book on his lifetime of travel. It is not an autobiography as such, but more an amusing and sometimes irreverent look at a lifetime of travel from one of the most popular performers still on the 60's music scene. A must for every Searchers fan, and indeed for anyone who appreciates 60's music, interesting travel tales and a humorous look at a lifetime of bringing enjoyment and entertainment to others. The book is published in hardback form, and contains about 100 photographs. Mark Knopfler is mentioned too in the book and also can be seen on one of the photographs in the book.
 

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Mark Knopfler's foreword:

 

The photo including Mark Knopfler, unknown when it was taken:

 

Author Frank Allen
Publisher Aureus
Format Hardcover
First release 1999
ISBN 1-899750-29-0
Number of pages 199
Language English

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Michael Oldfield - Dire Straits

This book is written in co-operation with Dire Straits. Michael Oldfield first met Mark Knopfler at college in the late sixties when they were both training to be journalists. Oldfield has since worked on local and national newspapers, but has spent most of his career on Melody Maker, becoming editor in 1980. He saw Dire Straits in their earliest days and has covered the band in Britain and abroad throughout their career. Very ncie book with lots of black and white photos. It covers the Dire Straits story until their Love over Gold world tour 1982-1983.

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The hardcover edition features a nice color version of Oldfield's Access All Areas pass from the Love over Gold world tour 1982-1983:

 

Author Michael Oldfield
Publisher Sidgwick & Jackson
Format Hardcover
First release 1984
ISBN 0-283-98990-4
Number of pages 152
Language English

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Michael Oldfield - Dire Straits paperback

This book is written in co-operation with Dire Straits. Michael Oldfield first met Mark Knopfler at college in the late sixties when they were both training to be journalists. Oldfield has since worked on local and national newspapers, but has spent most of his career on Melody Maker, becoming editor in 1980. He saw Dire Straits in their earliest days and has covered the band in Britain and abroad throughout their career. Very ncie book with lots of black and white photos. It covers the Dire Straits story until their Love over Gold world tour 1982-1983.

Front and back cover:

    

Author Michael Oldfield
Publisher Sidgwick & Jackson
Format Paperback
First release 1984
ISBN 0-283-98995-5
Number of pages 152
Language English

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Philip Kamin - Dire Straits

Nice book with a lot of pictures, both color and black & white. Comes with a seperate 17" x 22" full-color photo.

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Author Philip Kamin
Publisher Robus Books
Format Paperback
First release 1985
ISBN 0-88188-453-7
Number of pages 32
Language English

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┴lvaro Feito - Dire Straits

This book features the story of Dire Straits, lyrics, discography and a few black & white photos.

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Author Alvaro Feito
Publisher Ediciones J˙car
Format Paperback
First release 1986
ISBN 84-334-2065-8
Number of pages 220
Language Spanish

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Betty Shapiro - Dire Straits -  Studio su testi e musiche

A book with a study of texts and music of various Dire Straits songs. The book also features a couple black & white photos.

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Author Betty Shapiro
Publisher Kaos Edizioni
Format Paperback
First release 1989
ISBN Not available
Number of pages 142
Language Italian

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Various authors - Dire Straits

Small book with translations of Dire Straits lyrics. The book also features a couple black & white photos.

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Author Various authors
Publisher Blues Brothers
Format Paperback
First release 1991
ISBN Not available
Number of pages 128
Language Italian

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Petra Zeitz - Dire Straits

Very nice book with a lot of pictures, both color and black & white and the story of Dire Straits until just before the release of On every street.

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Author Petra Zeitz
Publisher Moewig
Format Paperback
First release 1991
ISBN 3-8118-3082-1
Number of pages 80
Language German

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Giancarlo Passarella - Solid Rock

This Italian fan released a book with the story of Dire Straits, discography, bootleg dicography and concert dates until the final Dire Straits concert in history; 9th October 1992, Zaragoza, Spain.

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Author Giancarlo Passarella
Publisher M.M. Edizioni
Format Paperback
First release 1993
ISBN 88-86129-02-5
Number of pages 126
Language Italian

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Peter Evans - Mark Knopfler Guitar Styles - Volume I

Part I of the two official guitar styles books. With great insight in various guitars of Mark Knopfler with comments from Mark himself as well as from Ron Eve, who has been Mark's guitar technician for a long time. The biggest part of the book consists of guitar transcriptions / tablature of various songs by Dire Straits.

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Author Peter Evans
Publisher Wise Publications
Format Paperback
First release 1993
ISBN 0-7119-3450-9
Number of pages 152
Language English

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Peter Evans - Mark Knopfler Guitar Styles - Volume II

Part II of the two official guitar styles books. With great insight in various guitars of Mark Knopfler with comments from Mark himself as well as from Ron Eve, who has been Mark's guitar technician for a long time. The biggest part of the book consists of guitar transcriptions / tablature of various songs by Dire Straits.

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Author Peter Evans
Publisher Wise Publications
Format Paperback
First release 1993
ISBN 0-7119-3499-1
Number of pages 104
Language English

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Giancarlo Passarella - Dire Straits Manuali Rock 22

This book features the story of Dire Straits, interviews and the worldwide discography.

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Author Giancarlo Passarella
Publisher Arcana Editrice
Format Paperback
First release 1994
ISBN 88-7966-042-X
Number of pages 243
Language Italian

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Myles Palmer - Mark Knopfler - An unauthorized biography.

A very nice book about Mark Knopfler, packed with revealing and amusing anecdotes from Mark's schoolfriends, girlfriends, teachers, journalist colleagues and fellow lecturers, and many informed insiders's insights from musicians who played with him, and who toured supporting Dire Straits. The book also features some nice black & white photos, including a couple of young Mark when he was still at school.

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Author Myles Palmer
Publisher Sidgwick & Jackson
Format Paperback
First release 1991
ISBN 0-283-06143-X
Number of pages 288
Language English

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Myles Palmer - Mark Knopfler - An unauthorized biography

A very nice book about Mark Knopfler, packed with revealing and amusing anecdotes from Mark's schoolfriends, girlfriends, teachers, journalist colleagues and fellow lecturers, and many informed insiders's insights from musicians who played with him, and who toured supporting Dire Straits. The book also features some nice black & white photos, including a couple of young Mark when he was still at school.

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Author Myles Palmer
Publisher Sidgwick & Jackson
Format Hardcover
First release 1991
ISBN 0-283-99937-3
Number of pages 280
Language English

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Betty Shapiro - Dire Straits - Il pop-rock di Mark Knopfler & Co

A book with a study of texts and music of various Dire Straits songs. The book also features a couple black & white photos.

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Author Betty Shapiro
Publisher Kaos Edizioni
Format Paperback
First release 1993
ISBN 88-7953-012-7
Number of pages 160
Language Italian

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Colin Irwin - Dire Straits

Small format book with the history of Dire Straits combined with lots of great photo's.

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Author Colin Irwin
Publisher Orion
Format Paperback
First release 1994
ISBN 1-85797-584-7
Number of pages 120
Language English

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Colin Irwin - Dire Straits.

Small format book with the history of Dire Straits combined with lots of great photo's.

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Author Colin Irwin
Publisher Star Book
Format Paperback
First release 1995
ISBN 90-5631-011-9
Number of pages 120
Language Dutch

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Silvia Grijalba - Dire Straits

This book features the story of Dire Straits, lyrics, discography and various color and black & white photos. The book comes with a free poster.

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Author Silvia Grijalba
Publisher Editorial La Mascara
Format Paperback
First release 1995
ISBN 84-7974-512-6
Number of pages 64
Language Spanish

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Gunther Matejka - Musiker - Selbstportraits

This book is full with self portraits made by various artists. The self portrait of Mark was made in July 2002 when he was being interviewed. I guess it was one of the short interviews he did just before the four charity shows that month. Very nice to see this personal drawing from Mark.

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Mark Knopfler's self portrait:

 

Author Gunther Matejka
Publisher Voggenreiter
Format Hardcover
First release 2002
ISBN 3-8024-0439-4
Number of pages 192
Language German

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Andrew Zuckerman - Music

Following the highly acclaimed Wisdom, Andrew Zuckerman now turns his unique photographic perspective to music. This new book includes fifty eminent musicians-artists, composers, producers, and performers from rock, rap, dance, soul, R&B, classical, country, reggae, pop, jazz, world, and more who have made an impact on their genre, contributed to the larger conversation, and have a unique perspective on life.

Each musician is photographed and interviewed on film about the process of making music, the power of music, and the experience of writing, producing, and performing. The group includes emerging artists, as well as legends from a variety of genres, and together, they create a distinctive understanding of the universal language of music. Mark Knopfler is also featured on the official
DVD.

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Mark Knopfler's photo inside the book:

 

Author Andrew Zuckerman
Publisher Abrams
Format Hardcover
First release 2010
ISBN 978-0-8109-9652-6
Number of pages 227
Language English

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Mark Makin - Palm trees, senoritas... and rocket ships

In 1993 Bob Brozman published his book, The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments. Bob did a great job telling the history of the National company but there was so much more to the story than he actually covered in his book. Now, for the first time, the full story of Nationals, Dobros, Supros, Valco and OMI instruments, has been brought together by renowned expert Mark Makin in his new book Palm Trees, Senoritas .... and Rocket Ships. Six years in the making, the book is packed with illustrations of guitars, lap steels, amps, all drawn by Mark Makin, plus reproductions of catlogues, features on individual players - including Mark Knopfler and Steve Phillips - and a significanltly extended section on serial numbers. This new book is set to become a major reference work and is a must for anyone interested in Nationals, Dobros, etc. Just 2500 copies are made of the book.

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Author Mark Makin
Publisher MBM Publishing
Format Hardcover
First release 2013
ISBN 978-0-9574746-0-4
Number of pages 423
Language English

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Anne Graham, Michael Hamilton - My North East: by its famous sons & daughters

All profits from this book will be donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the cancer-treatment charity launched in 2008 by the man himself during his fight with the disease. The Foundation has raised over ú5 million so far in October 2013. This beautiful book features interviews with more than 60 of the best-known people from the North East, from stars of stage and screen to sporting heroes young and old. With full colour photographs throughout, each celebrity talks about memories of and connections to the place they call home, their favourite view in the region, and how both have shaped their life so far. Contributors include: Peter Beardsley, Tony Blair, Bobby Charlton, Jack Charlton, George Clarke, Kat Copeland, Simon Donald, Bryan Ferry, Brendan Foster, Robson Green, Tim Healy, Brian Johnson, Chris Kamara, Si King, Mark Knopfler, Ian La Frenais, Terry Laybourne, Carol Malia, Joe McElderry, Gina McKee, Bob Moncur, Jimmy Montgomery, Jimmy Nail, the Duchess of Northumberland, Chris Ramsey, Vic Reeves, Sir Bobby Robson, Bryan Robson, Pam Royle, Alan Shearer, Jeff Stelling, Sting, Kathryn Tickell, Rachel & Becky Unthank, Denise Welch, Kevin Whately, Sid Waddell and more!
 

“I still fantasise about having a little cottage up in the Tyne Valley, maybe somewhere up on the tops near Allendale or Whitfield where the views are out of this world.”
Mark Knopfler


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Author Anne Graham, Michael Hamilton
Publisher Kingfisher Reach Communications
Format Hardcover
First release 2013
ISBN 978-0-957689-70-1
Number of pages 200
Language English

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Mark Knopfler - Unite for Syria

Mark Knopfler is among a long list of prominent people supporting the Unite for Syria campaign. On 26th March 2012, MK News posted a link of a YouTube clip "Unite for Syria: Stop one year of bloodshed" in which Mark also appeared holding a sign with the message "Unite for Syria".
 

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Mark Knopfler - Rhino message

In February 2013, Mark Knopfler had a special message about the rhino which was published on the MK News website:

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Mark Knopfler - Pussy Riot message

On 17th August 2012, following the Pussy Riot convictions in Russia Mark Knopfler has issued the following statement.

Whenever a political regime or religious establishment refuses to tolerate criticism it advertises itself as repressive, backward and insecure.
This verdict will diminish Russia in the eyes of the world. I condemn the prison sentences given to these young people and support the right to protest for everyone. MK


In conjunction with Amnesty International, Mark has issued the following letter on 22nd July 2013:

Dear Masha and Nadia,

As the one-year anniversary of your trial approaches, I’m writing to assure you that, around the world, people are both still thinking of you and working for your release.Although you were the most visible of the protesters, we know also that there were many other young people who have suffered in the protests,about whom we are also very concerned. But, in many ways, through your imprisonment, you have come to represent them.  Many artists voiced their concern when these ... charges were first brought against you, we had every hope that the authorities, in dealing with you ,would show some understanding , a sense of proportion, even some of the wonderful Russian sense of humour, but none of the above were forthcoming .

The impact of your shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide. Especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world, including the many parents who feel your anguish at being separated from your children. While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives.

The right to freedom of expression and dissent is a legitimate one and essential in any kind of democracy. You have been accused of what could be described as 'a victimless' crime, but in our opinion, in a just society, there can be no crime where there is no identifiable 'victim'.

Your strength, bravery and fearlessness are an inspiration to us all.

Yours in solidarity,
Mark Knopfler

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Mark Knopfler - Phil Everly

On 3rd January 2014, Phil Everly passed away. Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.

"I was so sad to hear of the passing of Phil Everly. The Everly Brothers played a huge part in my young life, helped shape my musical upbringing and influenced so many singers and players, bringing joy to millions. I'm proud to have worked with them. At this time my thoughts are with Phil's family and friends."

MK
(06/01/14)

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Mark Knopfler - BB King

On 14th May 2015, BB King passed away. Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.

"BB King was an enormous influence on me and for countless others. I first heard him on the record 'Live At The Regal' at 15, and was struck by the sound and the emotion in his playing and singing and the effect of both on the audience. It was an honour to be a part of ‘BB King and Friends’, his 80th birthday recording of duets. BB will always be in my heart."

MK
(15/05/15)

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Mark Knopfler - David Bowie

On 10th January 2016, David Bowie passed away. Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.

"What sad news. David Bowie's message was always one of individuality, creativity and freedom of expression and inspired so many."

MK
(11/01/16)

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Mark Knopfler - Save Wilderness Discovery

Mark Knopfler is among a list of prominent people supporting Save Wilderness Discovery. On 13th January 2016, MK News posted a photo of Mark in his studio holding up the sign for the campain.
"Wheelchairs. NOT millionaires! Tell Ontario's government, DON'T sell public land out from under our disabled children, veterans, seniors, and their families. Let them keep a small, fully accessible piece of paradise."

 

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Mark Knopfler - Sir George Martin

Sir George Henry Martin CBE the English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician passed away aged 90 on the 8th of March 2016.
Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.

"It’s going to be hard to imagine a world of music without George in it. He was a lovely man who gave so much of his talent and of himself. I am proud to have been his friend and grateful to have so many happy memories of him. My thoughts are with Lady Judy and Giles at this time."

MK
(09/03/16)

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Mark Knopfler - Merle Haggard

Merle Ronald Haggard was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster and the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal, and a rough edge not heard on the more polished Nashville sound recordings of the same era. He passed away on 6th April 2016. Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.
 
"I was very sad to hear that Merle Haggard has passed away. He was one of the greats. If I had to describe country music to anyone I’d play them a Merle Haggard record. He will be much missed".
 

MK
(08/04/16)

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Mark Knopfler - Prince

Prince passed away on 21st April 2016. Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.

"I was sad to hear of Prince’s passing. He was a multi-talented writer, singer, instrumentalist and producer who gave huge pleasure to so many. I’m sure we all felt there was much more to come."

MK
(22/04/16)

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Mark Knopfler - Scotty Moore

Scotty Moore passed away on 28th June 2016 at his home outside Nashville. Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.

"Elvis wouldn't have been the same without Scotty Moore, who has passed away at the age of 84. Scotty's playing on those early songs was the inspiration for thousands of youngsters to start out on guitar......"

MK
(30/06/16)

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Mark Knopfler - Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.

"Bob Dylan has been a great songwriter since he was a teenager and nothing has stopped him in continuing to write and bring his gifts to the world. There aren’t many honours which Bob hasn’t earned already. I’m delighted for him."

MK
(13/10/16)


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Mark Knopfler - Bab Kennedy

After a brave struggle with cancer, Bap Kennedy passed away on the 1st of November 2016. Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.
 
"This is such sad news. Bap was an extremely talented and committed songwriter who applied himself to his craft at all times. I have nothing but happy memories of our days and nights in the studio and out on the road."
 

MK
(07/11/16)

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Mark Knopfler - Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen passed away on 7th November 2016. Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.
 
"So sad to hear of the passing of Leonard Cohen - thank you for so many years of music and for your enormous contribution to the world of song."
 

MK
(11/11/16)

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Mark Knopfler - Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry passed away on 18th March 2017. Mark Knopfler's message was posted on the MK News website.
 
"'We’ll all remember Chuck Berry as one of the greatest rock 'n roll performers but he was also the greatest of the rock ’n roll writers. Music wouldn’t have evolved in the same way without him. Seeing him at Newcastle City Hall when I was 15 was an unforgettable experience."

MK

(21/03/17)

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