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new "interview" in a swiss newspaper (is in german)
« on: May 09, 2019, 02:17:04 pm »
https://www.nzz.ch/feuilleton/mark-knopfler-der-meister-der-subtilen-virtuositaet-ld.1478866
Mark Knopfler swingt noch immer
Mit 69 Jahren geht der Dire-Straits-Gitarrist nochmals auf eine grosse Tournee. Vielleicht ist es das letzte Mal: Dem Meister der subtilen Virtuosität fehlt die Zeit für all das, was er sonst noch tun möchte.
Hanspeter Künzler
8.5.2019, 05:30 Uhr
 Mark Knopfler bleibt auch mit 69 Jahren ein Meister der subtilen Virtuosität. (Bild: Ennio Leanza / Keystone)
Mark Knopfler bleibt auch mit 69 Jahren ein Meister der subtilen Virtuosität. (Bild: Ennio Leanza / Keystone)
Er ist etwas rundlicher geworden, seine Gesichtszüge sind etwas zerknittert. Sonst aber scheint sich kaum etwas an der Erscheinung von Mark Knopfler verändert zu haben seit den fernen Tagen, als er mit Dire Straits auf den allergrössten Rockbühnen zu sehen war. Mit «Brothers in Arms» verhalf er dem neuen Tonträger CD dank dreissig Millionen verkauften Exemplaren damals zum Durchbruch.

Doch, etwas ist anders. Der Mann, der einst so bärbeissig zum Interview antrat, verstrahlt heute abgeklärte Zufriedenheit. Im August feiert er seinen siebzigsten Geburtstag. «Was ich besonders interessant finde an meiner Situation», sagt er, «ist die Tatsache, dass ich keinerlei Anzeichen entdecken kann, dass mir das Schreiben von Songs irgendwie schwerer fiele. Ich komponiere mehr denn je.» Das freue natürlich seinen Manager, sagt er mit einem Grinsen: «Es bleiben immer mehr Lieder fürs Box-Set übrig.»

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Das mit lakonisch betitelte letzte Album «Down the Road Wherever» erschien im letzten November. Nach sechs Studioalben mit Dire Straits ist dies Knopflers zehntes Solowerk. Dazu kommen neun Film-Soundtracks. Und soeben hat das Musical «Local Hero» in Edinburg Premiere gefeiert. Dafür hat Knopfler wie schon für die Filmversion vor 36 Jahren die Musik besorgt. Kritiker wie Publikum zeigten sich begeistert: «Pure Magie» befand «The Scotsman». Ende Juni läuft das Musical im Londoner Old Vic Theatre an.

«Fragen Sie mich nicht, wie ich auch dafür noch Zeit gefunden habe», sagt Knopfler lachend. «Nie im Leben hätte ich gedacht, dass ich je ein Musical machte. Aber ich liebe diese Story. Sie bewegt mich noch heute. Erzählt wird die Geschichte eines Ölmagnaten aus Texas, der in Schottland ankommt, um einen Strand zu kaufen, sich dann aber in ein ganzes Dorf verliebt.»

Dire Straits waren ein typisches Produkt der Londoner Pub-Rock-Szene. In den späten 1970er Jahren, parallel zur Punkszene, florierte dieser von Rockhistorikern zu Unrecht vernachlässigte musikalische Biotop. Für einen lächerlichen Eintrittspreis und ein paar Biere war es möglich, Bands wie Ian Durys Kilburn and the High Roads, Joe Strummers 101’ers oder Dr. Feelgood zu bewundern. Rhythm’n’Blues, Cajun und Americana gaben den Ton an. Die technischen Fähigkeiten der Musiker waren oft bemerkenswert, Humor gehörte zum Stil.


Das erste Soloalbum von Ian Dury erschien dann 1977, das erste Dire-Straits-Album ein Jahr später. Beide markierten den kommerziellen Höhepunkt der Szene und hoben sich von der Konkurrenz dadurch ab, dass sie aus alten, unauffälligen Zutaten einen eigenen, unverkennbaren Sound kreierten und überdies ein paar knackige Refrains servierten. Damit kamen sie einem Publikum entgegen, das sich weder bei den Punks noch in den Discos heimisch fühlte. Knopfler wirkte damals zerzaust, auch wenn er sich gerade gekämmt hatte. Anno 1978 war er ein Jedermann, der im Pub gern in Ruhe sein Bier trank und zufälligerweise ausgezeichnet Gitarre spielen konnte.

Mit der Ruhe war es nach dem ersten Album vorbei. Und selbst die etwas weniger erfolgreichen nächsten Dire-Straits-Alben wurden mit Gold- und Platin-Auszeichnungen überschüttet. Mit «Brothers in Arms», erschienen am 13. Mai 1985, war man drei Jahre lang die erfolgreichste Band auf dem Planeten. Es hätte nicht besser laufen können. Doch zum Leidwesen der Band, der Plattenfirma und der Fans warf Knopfler das Handtuch. «Es war mir alles zu laut und zu gross geworden», sagt er heute; «es ging nicht mehr um die Musik.» 1991 erschien noch ein letztes Dire-Straits-Album. Zuvor hatte Knopfler mit den Notting Hillbillies die Rückkehr in die Anonymität des Pub-Rock geprobt, dazu mit seinem grossen Gitarrenvorbild Chet Atkins ein brillantes Duo-Album eingespielt. Danach blieb er fünf Jahre lang still, ehe er mit «Golden Heart» (1996) sein Solo-Comeback wagte.

Feilen am Song
In England kann Mark Knopfler heute wieder durch die Strassen wandern, ohne behelligt zu werden: «Ich brauche bloss meine Mütze aufzusetzen. Die Menschen sind grossartig zu mir.» In einer unscheinbaren Seitenstrasse in Westlondon hat er sich ein herrliches Aufnahmestudio eingerichtet, das gross genug ist für ein mittleres Orchester. Oft an der Seite seines alten Mitstreiters Guy Fletcher aus Dire-Straits-Zeiten macht er hier das, was er am liebsten macht: an Liedern feilen, sie aufnehmen und dann mit einer Band einstudieren.

Für die gegenwärtige Tournee hat er sein Live-Ensemble nochmals erweitert. Es umfasst inzwischen elf Musiker, darunter die beiden Folkies Mike McGoldrick und John McCusker, dazu der Perkussionist Danny Cummings, der Saxofonist Nigel Hitchcock und der Trompeter Tom Walsh. Es könnte die letzte Gelegenheit sein, Knopfler im Ausland zu erleben. Er will die Zahl seiner Auftritte danach wieder zurückschrauben. Nicht etwa wegen mangelnder Energie oder gar Altersschwäche, im Gegenteil. Er brauche mehr Zeit zum Songschreiben und zum Üben, sagt er: «Wenn man eine Wahl treffen muss, fällt zuerst das weg, was am meisten harte Arbeit bedeutet. Touren – das wird wohl der Baum sein, der zuerst gefällt wird.»
any Knopfler, Floyd or Dylan will do....

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Re: new "interview" in a swiss newspaper (is in german)
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2019, 02:28:08 pm »
I'm sure it's very interesting  :lol :lol :lol :lol :lol
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Re: new "interview" in a swiss newspaper (is in german)
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 02:30:54 pm »
Via https://www.deepl.com/en/translator

Mark Knopfler is still swinging
At the age of 69, the Dire Straits guitarist went on another big tour. Maybe it's the last time: The master of subtle virtuosity lacks the time for everything else he wants to do.
Hanspeter Künzler
8.5.2019, 05:30 o'clock
 Mark Knopfler remains a master of subtle virtuosity even at the age of 69. (Picture: Ennio Leanza / Keystone)
Mark Knopfler remains a master of subtle virtuosity even at the age of 69. (Picture: Ennio Leanza / Keystone)
He's gotten a little rounder, his features are a little wrinkled. Otherwise, however, hardly anything seems to have changed in the appearance of Mark Knopfler since the distant days when he could be seen on the biggest rock stages with Dire Straits. With "Brothers in Arms" he helped the new CD to break through thanks to thirty million copies sold.

Yes, something is different. The man, who once started the interview so grumpy, today radiates clarified contentment. In August he celebrates his seventieth birthday. "What I find particularly interesting about my situation," he says, "is the fact that I can't detect any signs that writing songs would somehow be more difficult for me. I compose more than ever". Of course his manager is happy about that, he says with a grin: "There are more and more songs left for the box set.

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Album, Soundtrack, Musical
The laconically titled last album "Down the Road Wherever" was released last November. After six studio albums with Dire Straits, this is Knopfler's tenth solo album. In addition there are nine film soundtracks. And the musical "Local Hero" has just celebrated its premiere in Edinburgh. As with the film version 36 years ago, Knopfler provided the music. Both critics and audience were enthusiastic: "Pure Magic" found "The Scotsman". The musical starts at the Old Vic Theatre in London at the end of June.

"Don't ask me how I found time for it," says Knopfler laughing. "Never in my life would I have thought that I ever made a musical. But I love this story. It still moves me today. It tells the story of an oil magnate from Texas who arrives in Scotland to buy a beach, but then falls in love with an entire village."

Dire Straits were a typical product of London's pub rock scene. In the late 1970s, parallel to the punk scene, this musical biotope unjustly neglected by rock historians flourished. For a ridiculous entrance fee and a few beers it was possible to admire bands like Ian Durys Kilburn and the High Roads, Joe Strummers 101'ers or Dr. Feelgood. Rhythm'n'Blues, Cajun and Americana set the tone. The technical abilities of the musicians were often remarkable, humor was part of the style.


The first solo album of Ian Dury was released in 1977, the first Dire Straits album one year later. Both marked the commercial climax of the scene and distinguished themselves from the competition by creating their own distinctive sound from old, inconspicuous ingredients and serving a few crisp choruses. With this they met an audience that felt neither at home with the punks nor in the discos. Knopfler seemed dishevelled at the time, even though he had just combed his hair. In 1978 he was an everyone who liked to drink his beer in the pub and who happened to be able to play the guitar excellently.

The calm was over after the first album. And even the somewhat less successful next Dire Straits albums were showered with gold and platinum awards. With "Brothers in Arms", released on 13 May 1985, they were the most successful band on the planet for three years. It couldn't have gone better. But to the disappointment of the band, the record company and the fans, Knopfler threw in the towel. "It had all become too loud and too big for me", he says today; "it wasn't about the music anymore". In 1991 a last Dire Straits album was released. Previously, Knopfler had rehearsed the return to the anonymity of pub rock with the Notting Hillbillies and recorded a brilliant duo album with his great guitar model Chet Atkins. He then remained silent for five years before making his solo comeback with "Golden Heart" (1996).

Filing the song
In England, Mark Knopfler can walk the streets again today without being bothered: "All I have to do is put on my hat. The people are great to me." In an inconspicuous side street in West London he has set up a wonderful recording studio big enough for a middle orchestra. Often at the side of his old comrade-in-arms Guy Fletcher from Dire Straits times, he does what he prefers to do here: polishing songs, recording them and then rehearsing with a band.

For the current tour he has expanded his live ensemble once again. It now comprises eleven musicians, including the two folkies Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker, as well as percussionist Danny Cummings, saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock and trumpeter Tom Walsh. It could be your last chance to see Knopfler abroad. He wants to reduce the number of his appearances afterwards. Not because of a lack of energy or even old age, on the contrary. He needs more time for songwriting and practicing, he says: "When you have to make a choice, what means the most hard work is lost first. Tours - that will probably be the tree that will be felled first.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
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Re: new "interview" in a swiss newspaper (is in german)
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2019, 03:27:53 pm »
Finally a piece written by someone who has some idea of Mark's history. I love this bit:

Yes, something is different. The man, who once started the interview so grumpy, today radiates clarified contentment. In August he celebrates his seventieth birthday. "What I find particularly interesting about my situation," he says, "is the fact that I can't detect any signs that writing songs would somehow be more difficult for me. I compose more than ever". Of course his manager is happy about that, he says with a grin: "There are more and more songs left for the box set.


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Re: new "interview" in a swiss newspaper (is in german)
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2019, 04:09:54 pm »
yeah that made me grin as well. now deliver more boxes!
any Knopfler, Floyd or Dylan will do....

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Re: new "interview" in a swiss newspaper (is in german)
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2019, 04:10:35 pm »
Via https://www.deepl.com/en/translator

Mark Knopfler is still swinging
At the age of 69, the Dire Straits guitarist went on another big tour. Maybe it's the last time: The master of subtle virtuosity lacks the time for everything else he wants to do.
Hanspeter Künzler
8.5.2019, 05:30 o'clock
 Mark Knopfler remains a master of subtle virtuosity even at the age of 69. (Picture: Ennio Leanza / Keystone)
Mark Knopfler remains a master of subtle virtuosity even at the age of 69. (Picture: Ennio Leanza / Keystone)
He's gotten a little rounder, his features are a little wrinkled. Otherwise, however, hardly anything seems to have changed in the appearance of Mark Knopfler since the distant days when he could be seen on the biggest rock stages with Dire Straits. With "Brothers in Arms" he helped the new CD to break through thanks to thirty million copies sold.

Yes, something is different. The man, who once started the interview so grumpy, today radiates clarified contentment. In August he celebrates his seventieth birthday. "What I find particularly interesting about my situation," he says, "is the fact that I can't detect any signs that writing songs would somehow be more difficult for me. I compose more than ever". Of course his manager is happy about that, he says with a grin: "There are more and more songs left for the box set.

ADVERTISING

InRead Invented By Teads
Album, Soundtrack, Musical
The laconically titled last album "Down the Road Wherever" was released last November. After six studio albums with Dire Straits, this is Knopfler's tenth solo album. In addition there are nine film soundtracks. And the musical "Local Hero" has just celebrated its premiere in Edinburgh. As with the film version 36 years ago, Knopfler provided the music. Both critics and audience were enthusiastic: "Pure Magic" found "The Scotsman". The musical starts at the Old Vic Theatre in London at the end of June.

"Don't ask me how I found time for it," says Knopfler laughing. "Never in my life would I have thought that I ever made a musical. But I love this story. It still moves me today. It tells the story of an oil magnate from Texas who arrives in Scotland to buy a beach, but then falls in love with an entire village."

Dire Straits were a typical product of London's pub rock scene. In the late 1970s, parallel to the punk scene, this musical biotope unjustly neglected by rock historians flourished. For a ridiculous entrance fee and a few beers it was possible to admire bands like Ian Durys Kilburn and the High Roads, Joe Strummers 101'ers or Dr. Feelgood. Rhythm'n'Blues, Cajun and Americana set the tone. The technical abilities of the musicians were often remarkable, humor was part of the style.


The first solo album of Ian Dury was released in 1977, the first Dire Straits album one year later. Both marked the commercial climax of the scene and distinguished themselves from the competition by creating their own distinctive sound from old, inconspicuous ingredients and serving a few crisp choruses. With this they met an audience that felt neither at home with the punks nor in the discos. Knopfler seemed dishevelled at the time, even though he had just combed his hair. In 1978 he was an everyone who liked to drink his beer in the pub and who happened to be able to play the guitar excellently.

The calm was over after the first album. And even the somewhat less successful next Dire Straits albums were showered with gold and platinum awards. With "Brothers in Arms", released on 13 May 1985, they were the most successful band on the planet for three years. It couldn't have gone better. But to the disappointment of the band, the record company and the fans, Knopfler threw in the towel. "It had all become too loud and too big for me", he says today; "it wasn't about the music anymore". In 1991 a last Dire Straits album was released. Previously, Knopfler had rehearsed the return to the anonymity of pub rock with the Notting Hillbillies and recorded a brilliant duo album with his great guitar model Chet Atkins. He then remained silent for five years before making his solo comeback with "Golden Heart" (1996).

Filing the song
In England, Mark Knopfler can walk the streets again today without being bothered: "All I have to do is put on my hat. The people are great to me." In an inconspicuous side street in West London he has set up a wonderful recording studio big enough for a middle orchestra. Often at the side of his old comrade-in-arms Guy Fletcher from Dire Straits times, he does what he prefers to do here: polishing songs, recording them and then rehearsing with a band.

For the current tour he has expanded his live ensemble once again. It now comprises eleven musicians, including the two folkies Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker, as well as percussionist Danny Cummings, saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock and trumpeter Tom Walsh. It could be your last chance to see Knopfler abroad. He wants to reduce the number of his appearances afterwards. Not because of a lack of energy or even old age, on the contrary. He needs more time for songwriting and practicing, he says: "When you have to make a choice, what means the most hard work is lost first. Tours - that will probably be the tree that will be felled first.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
i love deepl translator. i think it is better then google translate.
any Knopfler, Floyd or Dylan will do....

 

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