Mark Knopfler’s Inspiration Behind Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” & Full “Guitar Stories” Documentary — Video


In 2012, Mark Knopfler sat down (with his original 1958 Gibson Les Paul in hand) to discuss the inspiration behind the rock guitar classic, “Money for Nothing.”

The track’s percussive fingerstyle-infused riff is arguably one of the most recognizable guitar riffs of the Eighties. It, of course, appeared on Dire Straits’ nine-time platinum album, Brothers in Arms, which was released in 1985.

This part-interview/part-demonstration, which you can check out in the clip below, is from Guitar Stories: Mark Knopfler, a 60-minute special made for U.K. TV channel Sky Arts.

The former Dire Straits frontman, who is joined by former bandmate John Illsley, highlights the six guitars that have had the greatest impact on his sound. In the full episode, he travels to Newcastle, London and New York City’s West 48th Street to reveal the geographic significance of the chosen instruments, which were made by Gibson, Fender, Hofner and Pensa.



Written by Forgotten Guitar for Guitar World, which also can be viewed by clicking here

1 Comment on Mark Knopfler’s Inspiration Behind Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” & Full “Guitar Stories” Documentary — Video

  1. Carla Lynn Johnson // - at 2:38 pm // Reply

    This was an absolutely beautiful tribute! Thank You John.
    I’d feel so honored if I could be taught just a little of what You know, it’s so lovely to see and hear the dynamic between two truly immortals Steve and Mark respectively. It’s like a oneness that I’ve never seen. This gives me goosebumps and I’m so grateful to have seen it.

    Bravo John,
    Thank You for sharing this.
    It’s so lovely and right now I’m amazed.
    Bravo 👏🏽 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🌹❤️❣️


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