Recorded the night after the opening Prince's Trust Rock Gala show in 1988, this interview by Scott Muni focuses on Mark Knopfler's extensive involvement with charities. Besides explaining the cause of the previous night's concert, there is also a good amount of dicussion of South Africa in anticipation of Dire Straits' reunion at the upcoming Freedom Festival for Nelson Mandela, as well as the logistical considerations of charitable performances.
There are lighter moments as well. For example, Scott Muni can't seem to get enough about his relationship with Eric Clapton, with whom Mark had shared the stage the night before. They also talk about his work with Bob Dylan, his earliest musical influences, and some up and coming bands to keep one's eyes on (including Salt-N-Pepa!). In spite of Knopfler's inability to suppress his yawns, he is thoughtful, honest, and speaking on behalf of honorable causes, making this an excellent listen.
00:00 - Working, touring with Eric Clapton01:30 - Current projects / hoping to rest02:18 - Back to talking about Clapton: guitar lending, knowing each other, similar roots03:51 - Doing charity work: Prince's Trust, Children's Hospital, Musical Therapy 06:11 - Musicians playing out of context07:13 - Nelson Mandela Freedom Festival, Amnesty International09:33 - Current status of Dire Straits 10:07 - The new acts at Prince's Trust / playing through adversity for a good cause11:08 - Producing Bob Dylan's Infidels12:25 - Dire Straits' success in Australia13:03 - 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 guitar20:39 - Influences coming through Dire Straits music 21:58 - Other influences: The Shadows, Radio Luxembourg, Jimi Hendrix23:26 - First time hearing Clapton / keeping the thrill alive25:04 - The Boer War; the outrage in South Africa
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