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John Illsley – My Life in Dire Straits

John Illsley in conversation with Hannah MacInnes

59 mins watch time

Posted November 2021


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 – formed the soundtrack of a generation and live on today: still racking up sales, still being played on the radio on every continent. 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.