Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms by Mark KnopflerMark Freuder Knopfler OBE is a Scottish guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer.
Mark Knopfler is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977 with his brother David. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist under his own name. Knopfler has played in other groups occasionally, such as The Notting Hillbillies, and has guested on works by other artists, including Joan Armatrading, Chet Atkins, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, The Dandy Warhols, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, John Fogerty, Emmylou Harris, Jeff Healey, Jools Holland, Sonny Landreth, Phil Lynott, Van Morrison, Gerry Rafferty and Steely Dan. He has also produced albums for such artists as Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Willy DeVille, Randy Newman and even Weird Al Yankovic.
His musical scores include Metroland, Local Hero, Cal, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Wag the Dog, and Rob Reiners classic, The Princess Bride.
He is one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era and was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date.
He holds three honorary Doctorates in music, in the U.K.
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Brothers In Arms
The only problem was, it didn't come with an amplifier. Knopfler tells the story of that first guitar and five others that shaped his career in this fascinating minute documentary that aired in Britain last October on the Sky Arts television channel. The film offers a number of insights into Knopfler's music and the key instruments that influenced his evolving style. From the opening scenes at a music shop in Newcastle's Central Arcade, where the young Knopfler spent hours staring at guitars through windows, Illsley and Knopfler move on to the city of Leeds, where Knopfler once worked as a junior reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post. At one point in the film, Knopfler picks up the National and demonstrates how he hit on the famous arpeggio lines in "Romeo and Juliet," from the Making Movies album, while experimenting with an open G tuning.
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Records in the United States. It charted at number one worldwide, spending a total of 14 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart including 10 consecutive weeks between 18 January and 22 March , nine weeks at number one on the Billboard in the United States and 34 weeks at number one on the Australian Albums Chart. Brothers in Arms was the first album certified times platinum in the UK  and is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history , is certified nine-times platinum in the United States, and is one of the world's best-selling albums , having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Brothers in Arms was one of the first albums recorded on a Sony track digital tape machine. The decision to move to digital recording came from Knopfler's constant striving for better sound quality.