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Author Topic: Radio interview from 1988: Scott Muni's "World of Rock" with Mark Knopfler  (Read 742 times)

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I couldn't find this here. Never heard this interview before: http://w.nyradioarchive.com/oddsends.html (scroll down) Much talk about Clapton and charities. This description is taken from a different website:

00:00 - Working, touring with Eric Clapton
01:30 - Current projects / hoping to rest
02:18 - Back to talking about Clapton: guitar lending, knowing each other, similar roots
03:51 - Doing charity work: Prince's Trust, Children's Hospital, Musical Therapy
06:11 - Musicians playing out of context
07:13 - Nelson Mandela Freedom Festival, Amnesty International
09:33 - Current status of Dire Straits
10:07 - The new acts at Prince's Trust / playing through adversity for a good cause
11:08 - Producing Bob Dylan's Infidels
12:25 - Dire Straits' success in Australia
13:03 - Tina Turner (?)
13:11 - Limitations of charity concerts
14:49 - More charities
16:24 - More rehearsals, more Prince's Trust, more rehearsals….
17:48 - Some new favorite bands
19:19 - Music at home as a boy / blowing up the radio with his guitar
20:39 - Influences coming through Dire Straits music
21:58 - Other influences: The Shadows, Radio Luxembourg, Jimi Hendrix
23:26 - First time hearing Clapton / keeping the thrill alive
25:04 - The Boer War; the outrage in South Africa


Mark seems to be smoking during the whole interview, and you can hear him blow smoke right into the microphone.


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He does a lot of work for charity but he doesn't like to talk about it ;)

Thanks so much for sharing it. Nice to hear MK sounding so relaxed.

And he's very warm in his comments about Jack which is interesting.
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Yes, I thought his answers were refreshingly straight from his heart, and there are some insights that were new to me at least. In this period in his life and career he seemed to be at peace with himself and was really creative and productive.


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Great interview, thanks for posting!

Again, I'm struck by the fact that Jack is definitely IN the band at this point (in Mark's mind), and yet a couple of years later he is out, just like that, never to be referred to again  :think

As said above, Mark sounds relaxed here, but mentions being overworked. He also mentions enjoying getting the band back together for Mandela.


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