Mandolin World News

Begun in 1976 by David Grisman, Todd Phillips, and Darol Anger, founding members of the ground-breaking David Grisman Quintet, Mandolin World News published 31 issues.

Each was packed to the staples with valuable information on every aspect of the mandolin and mandolin playing in all styles, all over the world.

Each issue included an interview with an important mandolin innovator or an in-depth article on a past mandolin master. Also included were columns, music and tablature, playing tips, exercises, instruction, repair and setup information, transcriptions, recording tips, vintage photos, recipes, jokes and “Jethro Speaks.” Styles covered included classical, jazz, popular, folk, country, bluegrass, swing, blues, Celtic, and much more.

Dix Bruce edited Mandolin World News from 1978 through 1984. The magazine was published for one year by John Stiernberg. It ceased publication thereafter.

All back issues are currently out of print. 

The back issues of Mandolin World News are currently out of print. You may be able to find used copies through Amazon, eBay or other used book sites.

The list below is provided for anyone who may be looking for information on specific articles.

Each volume contains four individual issues except Volume VII which has only three issues; there is no volume VIII. The name or subject under the issue number details only the main or cover story for each issue. All issues are loaded with other articles, columns, music, interviews, transcriptions, discographies and valuable information.

Click the Volume Number links to see the Table of Contents for that issue.

Historic First Issue
Rudy Cipolla
Andy Statman
Sam Bush #1
Jethro Burns
Dave Apollon
Bill Monroe
Tiny Moore
Hugo D’Alton
Jesse McReynolds
Frank Wakefield
David Grisman
Johnny Gimble
Bob Osborne
Ry Cooder
Buck White
Mike Seeger
A.Leibovitz Classical
Hershel Sizemore & Dean Webb
Electric Mandolin Issue
John Duffey
Everett Lilly
Sam Bush #2
K. Harris Classical
Levon Helm
Mike Marshall
No Vol. VII #4
Yand Rachell & Lorraine Duisit
Tim O’Brien
Peter Ostroushko
H. von Bernewitz