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Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Friends of Mark Discount Codes

December 1, 2021

Mark’s friends at Sheet Music Direct, D’Addario and Record Store are offering exclusive discounts to fans for December; also, get 25% off ALL live concert recordings on MarkKnopfler.com. See below for the details.


Sheet Music Direct

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An extensive range of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits sheet music is available to help you learn to play your favourite songs at home via Sheet Music Direct, where you can instantly download to print, or view on your computer, tablet or phone. Enter the code MARK20 at checkout to receive a 20% discount on your order.

(Code valid until December 31st 2021. Not valid in Germany and Austria)


D’Addario

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D’Addario are the leading manufacturers of high quality musical instrument strings and accessories, and have been Mark’s go-to choice for guitar strings for over 30 years. ‘I always use D’Addario strings on everything, acoustic and electric. In 30 years I’ve never had a bad string on a guitar.’ – MK
Enter the code KNOPFLER25 at checkout to receive a 25% discount on your order.

(Code valid until 18th December on fretted products (guitar and accessories), in the UK, USA and Canada only) 


RecordStore.co.uk

Receive 20% off Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits titles from RecordStore.co.uk using the code HAPPYXMAS2021! at checkout.

(Code valid until 31st December 2021)

MarkKnopfler.com – Live Recordings

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Receive 25% off ALL official live recordings of Mark Knopfler’s concerts from 2005 – 2019 from the online store, until December 31st. Enter the code HOLIDAY25 at checkout.

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Holiday Competition Draw

November 24, 2021

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Be in with a chance to win one of six exclusive prizes. One entry per person. Entries open until December 31.

Six winners will be selected to win one the following prizes:

  1. Signed Mark Knopfler – The Studio Albums 1996-2007 LP box set
  2. Signed Mark Knopfler – The Studio Albums 1996-2007 CD box set
  3. Colin Davidson print
  4. Vinyl slip mat and MK t-shirt
  5. Set of vintage venue poster reprints
  6. Lucky dip: 2 x MK vinyl and 4 x CDs
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Win a guitar signed by Mark Knopfler in support of Reprieve

November 6, 2021

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Mark has donated one of his iconic 2013 model, red Fender Stratocaster guitars in support of the Reprieve fundraising draw. The guitar will be autographed by Mark and personalised to the winning entrant. Entries are £10 each and you can purchase as many as you like until 6th December, worldwide. 

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About Reprieve

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Reprieve is a creative and agile legal action charity (NGO) made up of investigators, lawyers and campaigners fighting for justice. They defend marginalised people who are facing human rights abuses, often at the hands of powerful governments, and they hold those governments to account. To date they have saved the lives of over 500 men and women across the world and are fundraising in order to continue their life-saving work.

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Win A Signed Mark Knopfler Lithograph Set

October 20, 2021

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Mark Knopfler – The Studio Albums 1996-2007 collection is out now* as 11 LP or 6 CD box set. Containing Mark’s first five solo albums, bonus disc of b-side tracks, and an embossed lithograph set of each album cover.

Enter below for your chance to win 1 of 3 lithograph sets, each containing one print signed by Mark.

This contest is now closed.

Purchase your copy of the full box set here: Mark Knopfler Store

*Available in the US from 10th December

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Paddy Moloney

October 13, 2021

Today marks a sad farewell to Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains.  Paddy was great company and a force of nature in Irish music, with all the energy and talent required to drive things along over the years.  I am proud to have recorded and played with him.’ – MK

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What It Is – 4 track

October 9, 2021

Following the release of Mark Knopfler – The Studio Albums 1996-2007,  the four-track single, What It Is, is now available for streaming, featuring three songs that have never before been available on digital platforms:

• What It Is
• The Long Highway – first time on digital platforms.
• Let’s See You – first time on digital platforms.
• Camerado – first time on digital platforms.

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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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