Yesterday I wuz bored. This is what happened:
Mark Knopfler News, quite bewilderingly, declined to link to it. Unfortunately, some people found out about this and started appealing to the guy who runs it. Joel managed to obtain the relevant correspondence, including my unfortunate contribution.
Craig of Flip Flop Flying wrote:
I understand that you to link to more http://www.rathergood.com/knopfler / -as lifelong terrible Straits lover and Knopfler ventilator, I find this, around a terrible dishonor to be indicate. I sick by largely quantity of info what is copy on one hundred similarly websites, and find it very renewing to see to something what to be completely to be intended to have to celebration of this large man and its music. It is one my faves. I think that you should set her inside.
I then wrote a mail pupporting to be from firstname.lastname@example.org:
I understand you have declined to link to http://www.rathergood.com/knopfler/- I find this a little disconcerting, as it is by far the most favourable online tribute I’ve seen to myself.
Whilst there have been a lot of mediocre tributes to have appeared recently, the page at rathergood is an absolute tour de force, summing up what it is to be in Dire Straits far better than any other piece I’ve seen.
(Guitar, Dire Straits).
Mark Knopfler News became agitated, but still there was no concession.
Andrew Sheerin of Hairytongue sent this:
I have the privilege of knowing Mark Knopfler quite well. So when I realised you were actively discouraging rightly deserved praise of this guitar legend (I’m referring, of course, to your refusal to link to Joel’s tribute page – www.rathergood.com/knopfler) I felt compelled to phone Mark and get his side of the story. Here’s what he said.
In the words of the great man himself. Please. Re-think.
All the best,
At this point, Mark Knopfler News told Joel “please tell them to stop.” In fact, Knopfler himself was invoked against the perpetrators: “I can assure you that Mark himself would be seriosuly unhappy”
So we backed off.
99% of the above text was not written by me, but by someone far more talented.