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Edward Bicknell

Ed Bicknell is a British music manager and drummer, best known for managing rock band Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Gerry Rafferty, Bryan Ferry, Scott Walker and The Blue Nile.

Ed Bicknell is a British music manager and drummer, best known for managing rock band Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Gerry Rafferty, Bryan Ferry, Scott Walker and The Blue Nile.

After moving to London, he played in several bands as drummer, and then became an agent at John Sherry Enterprises, and later NEMS, representing among others Wishbone Ash, Jose Feliciano, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Man, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Richie Havens and War.

Whilst working at NEMS in December 1977, he got a call from Phonogram A&R man John Stainze who had just signed a new band, Dire Straits, to the Vertigo label. In January 1978 Ed became their manager, and continued to manage Mark Knopfler as a solo performer for several years after the dissolution of Dire Straits in 1993. He played drums in The Notting Hillbillies formed in 1990 by Mark Knopfler. They recorded one album, Missing…Presumed Having a Good Time, toured the UK and performed two residencies at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. In 2000 he stood down as Mark’s manager on an amicable basis.

After two years as “Head of International Music” during which time he set up the music department, Bicknell left the London office of William Morris Endeavor in April 2010

He is currently advising Australian concert promoters TEG Van Egmond on the procurement and acquisition of international touring artists for Australasia and SE Asia.

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