He wrote the Bluffers Guide to the Rock Music Business. The stress of composing arranging songs recording the then-requisite two albums and tours to support them took its toll on the brothers and David left the band during the recording of their third album Making Movies leaving him uncredited on the album. Knopfler spent three years in Dire Straits.
After quitting the band he embarked upon a solo career as a recording artist. Knopfler has encouraged the advent of online purchasing music in 1995 although he concedes the necessity for other avenues of the distribution and sale of recorded music. Knopfler is a publiDavid Knopflerd poet and writer.