My Life in Dire Straits by John Illsley – Signed Copy

John Illsley

ISBN: 9781787634350S


Signed hardback copy of My LIfe In Dire Straits by John Illsley.

First Edition, First Printing.

Hand signed by John Illsley to the title page

NB This title is published on 11th November 2021. All pre-orders will be dispatched on or around publication

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A fascinating insight into one of the world’s biggest rock acts, Illsley’s disarming, entertaining memoir details his time as bassist in the all-conquering Dire Straits and his close friendship with the band’s lead singer and fellow founding member Mark Knopfler.

With a foreword by Mark Knopfler.

Dire Straits filled giant stadiums around the world and sold hundreds of millions of records. Throughout the eighties they were one of the biggest bands on the planet. Their classic songs – ‘Sultans of Swing’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Money for Nothing’, ‘Brothers In Arms’ – formed the soundtrack of a generation and live on today: still racking up sales, still being played on the radio on every continent. 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, the working man’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.

Further Information

Format Hardback
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Published 11/11/2021
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