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.

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 2021 Update. Unfortunately the printer who supplies us with reprinted copies of Mandolin World News has had to raise prices steeply in order to survive the COVID-19 Pandemic. At this point those prices are too expensive for us to continue stocking all 31 back issues. The current plan is to continue to offer the issues that remain in stock and not print more. We only have a handful of each issue in stock. We’ll try to keep this page as up-to-date as possible as far as availability. Once one or more issues are officially out of print we will no longer be able to sell packages of all 31 back issues. If you order an issue that is suddenly unavailable we’ll contact you and refund the money sent. In the meantime we’ll try to find another printer that can offer us more reasonable prices.

Each volume shown below 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.

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