From the June 1980 issue of The Magazine Formerly Known as Stereo Review, please enjoy my interview with Mark Knopfler of Dire Staits.
Remember -- click on the images to increase them to readable size. You're welcome very much.
I think, in retrospect, that it's a very good piece. And I heard at some point, from Knopfler's then publicist, that he liked it.
That said, and I've never told this to anybody except a certain Shady Dame of my acquaintance, but writing it was, uh, somewhat problematic.
Or, to be blunt: When I actually chatted with Knopfler (over lunch at some hotel), he was (a) suffering from one of the most stupendously awful hangovers in drinking history and could barely grunt, let alone talk. And (b) the batteries in my cassette machine had died, unbeknownst to me, and nothing we discussed was actually recorded.
I mean, wow. Holy professional crisis, Batman!
The point being, in case you haven't been paying attention -- I had to write this two weeks after the fact by essentially doing it from memory or imagination. Including the quotes.
Have a great weekend, everybody.