News Archives: 2012
Compiled by Terry Kilburn
August 17, 2012
Following the conviction of the members of Pussy Riot in Russia, Mark has issued the following statement:
Whenever a political regime or religious establishment refuses to tolerate criticism it advertises itself as repressive, backward and insecure. This verdict will diminish Russia in the eyes of the world. I condemn the prison sentences given to these young people and support the right to protest for everyone. MK
August 17, 2012
In preparation for the release of Mark’s new album, Privateering, his North American dates with the legendary Bob Dylan this fall and the European tour in 2013, a brand new MarkKnopfler.com will be launching shortly.
The new site will launch with a fresh design and some new features but it won’t include the MarkKnopfler.com Forums, which will be closed.
We’d like to thank all of the active participants on the Forums for their loyalty and years of lively discussion about Mark and we urge all of you to use the time before the launch the new site to save and preserve any content you wish from the Forums.
To stay connected with other members of the Mark Knopfler community, we encourage you to visit Mark’s official Facebook page, to utilize the new site’s improved commenting system and to continue the discussion at the Mark Knopfler News message board.
And don’t forget, to receive the latest Mark Knopfler updates directly to your inbox, be sure to join the official mailing list!
The MarkKnopfler.com Team
August 7, 2012
Starting today in the MarkKnopfler.com Store, members can pre-order their copy of Mark’s new album, Privateering, in one of four different formats. The album is available as a standard two-disc edition, a deluxe edition with bonus CD, a two-LP vinyl edition and a deluxe box set, which includes the CD, LP, a documentary DVD, numbered art print and more.
A special note for our US members: MarkKnopfler.com will be the ONLY source to buy all four formats in the United States. UK fans are also able to pre-order the box set from Universal Music.COMMENT
July 26, 2012
The Mark Knopfler Search & Win program will be closing on August 20. Until then, the Mark Knopfler Swag Store will remain active and prices have been lowered on all items in the store. After August 20, all your Mark Knopfler Swag Bucks will be redeemable at the Swagbucks.com Swag Store, where you can also continue to build your Swagbucks account. We are sorry for this sudden change, but Swagbucks.com will ensure that you still have the ability to earn and spend your Swag Bucks for the rewards you earn.COMMENT
July 18, 2012
The track ‘Redbud Tree’, from Mark’s forth-coming Privateering album, is now being streamed here on markknopfler.com. The song has been issued to radio in some territories as a focus track and it is not intended for general release as a single. It was recorded at Mark’s British Grove studio and features Mark on vocals and guitars, Guy Fletcher on bass, harmonium and synths, singer Ruth Moody from The Wailin’ Jennys and Paul Franklin on pedal steel. The recording was produced by Mark assisted by co-producers Guy Fletcher and Chuck Ainlay.COMMENT
May 26, 2012
Latest Update: May 29, 2012 – USA release date of Bap’s album is 5th June, 2012.
Produced by Mark and recorded at his British Grove studio, Bap Kennedy’s new album, The Sailor’s Revenge, will be released in the US on the 5th of June.
Mark plays guitar on seven tracks – Shimnavale/Working Man/No More/Please Return To Jesus/The Sailor’s Revenge/The Right Stuff/Celtic Sea – and backing vocals on Celtic Sea. You can preview three tracks featuring Mark – Shimnavale … Please Return To Jesus … Working Man – on SoundCloud.com.COMMENT