The writer-guitarist discusses his ninth solo studio album, a record on which he reaches well beyond the folk-roots base of his latter-day work.
Following the incredible success of 'Brothers In Arms,' the Vertigo compilation 'Money For Nothing' entered the UK chart at No. 1.
The set, released for the first time on CD for National Album Day 2020, debuted at No.9.
With 'Making Movies,' the band entered a new decade well on the way to the radio-friendly roots-rock sound that would go on to dominate the 1980s.
Soon after the record became the band's first UK No.1, it made a prominent chart debut in the US.
The U2 album came in at No.1 in the listener vote ahead of Dire Straits' 'Brothers In Arms' and the Stone Roses' self-titled debut.
A discussion about the album on Twitter was the latest in a series hosted by Tim Burgess of the Charlatans, for National Album Day 2020.
Bikers, or wallers, traditionally ride each year to the National Memorial Arboretum to honor the UK's fallen servicemen and women.
The series reaffirmed Knopfler's huge respect for friend and inspiration Dylan, his ear for lesser-known names and early memories of Duane Eddy, the Everly Brothers and many more.
Many of the songs on Knopfler's 2002 album were inspired by the struggles of itinerant working-class people.
The former Dire Straits frontman hit a particularly rich seam with his second LP in his own name.
'Money For Nothing' enjoyed a three-week reign as the band's only American No.1 single.
The best guitar solos – from driving riffs to technical displays of mastery – make a song complete and more often than not, transcend the track entirely.
On September 9, 1991, the band released a new studio record for what turned out to be the last time.
'Brothers In Arms' hit the top of the US album chart on August 31, 1985 and held sway for nine weeks.