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Nomination: Mark Knopfler
#1
Mark Freuder Knopfler (OBE). Quite frankly, I’m surprised he’s evaded nomination to the MD HoF up to now, especially since we have a committed fanbase here. Anyway – it's clearly time to set the record straight, lol!

I think we all know his bio – beginning with Dire Straits, but he’s had an equally stellar solo career producing 8 studio albums, 9 soundtrack albums, and 4 collaborative albums, and is credited on no less than 115 others - no wonder then, that he appears omnipresent! The thing about MK is that his guitar has such a unique voice; he says he found that voice when he was forced to fingerpick a beat up old instrument with a warped neck that had to be strung with extra-light strings and that needed to be approached with care or potentially fall to pieces. Necessity being the mother of invention has never rung so fortuitously true!

Also – he has a degree in English which probably contributes towards his very articulate, intelligent lyrics – altogether no slouch, that’s for sure. He’s picky about how he presents and produces his work (and that of others) – justifiably so, and in addition, he’s constantly reinventing himself and tackling interesting new projects. His latest, Altamira, is a stunning soundtrack album, for anyone who cares to take a listen – just too short! And I could eulogise for another ten paragraphs but that would be a bore – suffice to say Mark Knopfler ranks as one of my alltime favourite musicians/guitarists, and that status is unlikely to change. I think he more than deserves this nomination and I'm hoping a few of you will agree!

His awards and honours comprise a list as long as my arm, so for the sake of brevity, here’s the Wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Knopfler

Some of those (nothing if not diverse) credits! Such an unmistakeable sound ….

With John Fogerty, from Déjà vu All Over Again … he plays the second lead (right side) …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_hfSEuaP64

With Joan Armatrading on The Shouting Stage … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5HkFqHnXQ8

With John Anderson on Seminole Wind … this is gorgeous IMHO – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1sea7LWxpE

And on Bryan Ferry’s Boys and Girls … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-1bWvVDhKQ

It’s impossible to choose just a few tracks from so many that I love, so, for now, there’s this, which stays with me – from 2012’s Privateering …

[video=youtube;w5s2NDV1Nhg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5s2NDV1Nhg[/video]

Aaaand - go!! :biggrin1:
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson




#2
nice catch of the oversight

has my vote

#3
My vote is in, yesss. :nod:
#4
^^Cool. Thank you.
Three down - two to go!
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson




#5
Awesome to the point write up Ruby! I vote YES!!!! I especially love this quote since I can identify with it! Did you know that Mark started playing guitar in university! "The thing about MK is that his guitar has such a unique voice; he says he found that voice when he was forced to fingerpick a beat up old instrument with a warped neck that had to be strung with extra-light strings and that needed to be approached with care or potentially fall to pieces. Necessity being the mother of invention has never rung so fortuitously true! "
 The ultimate connection is between a performer and its' audience!
#6
A big YES here also
#7
SteveO Wrote:Awesome to the point write up Ruby! I vote YES!!!! I especially love this quote since I can identify with it! Did you know that Mark started playing guitar in university! "The thing about MK is that his guitar has such a unique voice; he says he found that voice when he was forced to fingerpick a beat up old instrument with a warped neck that had to be strung with extra-light strings and that needed to be approached with care or potentially fall to pieces. Necessity being the mother of invention has never rung so fortuitously true! "

Heads up! SteveO Knopfler is in the house! :wink:
Seriously tho’ – thank you kindly SteveO; and it’s truly amazing what one can cobble together if there’s a will.

Seems like there are enough votes, thanks all! So - do we have a new inductee??
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson




#8
No question about it - the man's a genius. Gets my vote too.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
#9
Heads up! SteveO Knopfler is in the house! :wink:
Seriously tho’ – thank you kindly SteveO; and it’s truly amazing what one can cobble together if there’s a will.

Seems like there are enough votes, thanks all! So - do we have a new inductee??


yes we do have enough, more than enough Ruby....I count six 'yay's for Knopfler...

this thread is SteveO's baby, he will induct him accordingly.
#10
My vote for him :biggrin:


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