Mark Knopfler’s inspiration behind Dire Straits (Documentary video)

Mark Knopfler’s inspiration behind Dire Straits (Documentary video)

Mark Knopfler with his guitar Gibson Les Paul 1958.

In 2012, Mark Knopfler sat down (with his original 1958 Gibson Les Paul in hand) to discuss the inspiration behind the rock guitar classic, “Money for Nothing.”

Mark Knopfler with Gibson Les Paul 1958.

The track’s percussive fingerstyle-infused riff is arguably one of the most recognizable guitar riffs of the Eighties. It, of course, appeared on Dire Straits’ nine-time platinum album, Brothers in Arms, which was released in 1985.

This interview-demonstration, which you can check out in the clip below, is from Guitar Stories: Mark Knopfler, a 60-minute special made for U.K. TV channel Sky Arts.

The former Dire Straits frontman, who is joined by former bandmate John Illsley, highlights the six guitars that have had the greatest impact on his sound. In the full episode, he travels to Newcastle, London and New York City’s West 48th Street to reveal the geographic significance of the chosen instruments, which were made by Gibson, Fender, Hofner and Pensa.

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