Dire Straits

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Mixed with blues and a dash of country–the Dire Straits were one of the few rock bands to break out in an era dominated by punk and disco.

Introspective lyrics with out-of-this-world guitar and drum sounds made them one of the most original rock bands of the 80s.

Hall of Fame Essay


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.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2018
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It’s a collective, a brotherhood
John Illsley

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