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  • Published: 11 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473587946
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

My Life in Dire Straits

The Inside Story of One of the Biggest Bands in Rock History




The first and only inside story of the global music phenomenon Dire Straits, with a foreword by Mark Knopfler.

Dire Straits filled giant stadiums around the world and sold hundreds of millions of records. Throughout the eighties, they were one of the biggest bands on the planet. Their classic songs - 'Sultans of Swing', 'Money for Nothing', 'Brothers In Arms' - formed the soundtrack of a generation and live on today. In his memoir, John Illsley - founding member and bassist -evokes the spirit of the times and tellsthe story of one of the great live acts of rock history. Starting with his own unlikely beginnings, he recounts the band's rise from humble origins in London's spit-and-sawdust pubs to the best-known venues in the world, the working man's clubs to Madison Square Garden and the Live Aid stage at Wembley. Until, ultimately, the demands of touring and living in the spotlight took their inevitable toll. John's story is also a tribute to his great friend Mark Knopfler, the band's lead singer, songwriter and gifted guitarist - the only band members to stay the fifteen-year distance. Told with honesty, soulful reflection and wry humour, this is the first and only account of that incredible story.

  • Published: 11 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473587946
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Praise for My Life in Dire Straits

Frank, funny and tender. If you loved their music, you'll adore this book.

Nicholas Evans

An uplifting journey through the sheer hard work, pitfalls and thrills of navigating a great rock band to the pinnacle of success. I so enjoyed the ride!

Roger Taylor

Captures the early days of the "English bands" and their story. The ups and downs, relationships, craziness and fun... This really happened!

Mike Rutherford

A wry and witty account of life in one of the world's biggest and unlikeliest supergroups and the music industry in its heyday... John Illsley is a charming, amusing and observant companion.

Mariella Frostrup

Fans will be mesmerized.

Publishers Weekly

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