Compiled by Terry Kilburn

John Illsley’s My Life in Dire Straits

October 9, 2021

In My Life in Dire Straits, John Illsley – founding member, bassist and mainstay – evokes the spirit of the times and tells the story of one of the great live acts of rock history.

Starting with his own unlikely beginnings in Middle England, he recounts the band’s rise from humble origins in London’s spit-and-sawdust pubs to the best-known venues in the world, working men’s clubs to Madison Square Garden, gigging with wild punk bands to the Live Aid stage at Wembley. Until, ultimately, the shattering demands of touring on a global scale and living life in the spotlight took their inevitable toll.

John’s story is also a tribute to his great friend Mark Knopfler, the band’s lead singer, songwriter and gifted guitarist – the only band members to stay the fifteen-year distance. Told with searching honesty, soulful reflection and wry humour, this is the first and only account of that incredible story.

Foreword written by Mark Knopfler. Out 11th November 2021.

My Life in Dire Straits – is now available for pre-order.

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