Magazine article Guitar Player

Dire Snarks

Magazine article Guitar Player

Dire Snarks

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Great interview with Mark Knopfler [June '92]. I thought it was quite a nice touch to have an ad with Jeff Berlin facing the page where Mark takes a jab at virtuoso musicians. Both Knopfler and Berlin have very strong opinions about developing musical players.

I often speak with teachers who bemoan the fact that their students exhibit the supposedly shallow, unhistorical outlook that Mark comments on. I work with public schools and I rarely find music programs that acknowledge the business and entertainment reality that is the lifeblood of contemporary music. Art and musicality are great, but most parents will respond more to "money for nothing" than to the image of the starving musician defending to the death his/her musical integrity and soul. I'm no fan of disco, but (sh)it sells. It's arrogant to reject options like becoming the next Paula Abdul as being somehow less valid than becoming the next Brahms.

Ed Chillington

Redondo Beach, C4

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