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2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Dire Straits

Dire Straits

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  • Year:
    2018
  • Inducted by:
    Dire Straits
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

2018

Lenny Kaye

These mist covered mountains/Are a home now for me/ But my home is the lowlands/ And always will be": The opening lines of Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" aptly describe the career arc of a band who never lost touch with the inspiration and wellspring of creativity with which it began, even as it ascended the heights of worldwide prominence under the leadership of virtuoso guitarist and songwriter Mark Knopfler.

Their common touch was evident in their first hit single from 1978, "Sultans of Swing," which affectionately describes a group of musicians who play for the love of the sound they ensemble rather than fame or fortune.

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It’s a collective, a brotherhood

John Illsley

Photography: Getty/WireImage

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