Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler’s Fascination with Elvis Presley

In a 1979 interview in “Guitar Player” magazine, Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler summed up his self-taught guitar style to Joel A. Siegel. “I picked up the basics from people like the Shadows, the Everly Brothers, Duane Eddy, Rick Nelson, and Elvis…. I was into playing American music.” Elvis Presley influenced many young musicians …

Grandson of Mao Now a General in Chinese Red Army – Political Instability and Old Guard

Has China’s military changed in their way of thinking? Doubtful, and let me explain why. The other day I was reading a Rand Think Tank Report on China’s behavior in international diplomacy. It was a good 200 some pages, with lots of references; it was really a real nicely done piece of work. But I …