Vintage Mandolin World News

I saw an ad on the Mandolin Cafe for some vintage back issues of Mandolin World News. This is a rare chance to own a piece of mandolin history. If I didn’t already own the entire collection myself I would snapping up a copy of each that is available. Other than the astounding level of musical information contained my favorite “human interest” part of these is the letter from a young Tony Williamson to the Dawg himself proclaiming the virtues of the publication and asking for subscription renewal, priceless. From Dix Bruce’s website

Vintage Mandolin World News Publications
We recently acquired a box of vintage Mandolin World News publications. They were owned by a Mandolin World News staff member and have been in storage for many years.

They include copies of Mandolin World News, David Grisman’s two instructional books (Ten Tunes in Nine Keys, Bluegrass Solos) and one Mandolin World Catalog from 1977. Some are in great shape, others worn or somewhat the worse for wear. All are sized 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. All are out of print and no longer available in this original, printed form.

The collection is not complete and several issues are missing altogether. Those that we have are in short supply: most include only one or two copies. They’ll be sold individually on a first come-first served basis.

Mandolin World News was published, beginning in 1976, by David Grisman, Todd Phillips, and Darol Anger, founding members of the ground-breaking David Grisman Quintet. It ceased publication in 1984 after 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.

The current lot includes a few copies of David Grisman’s very rare instructional books Ten Tunes in Nine Keys and Bluegrass Solos. Both are from a late 1970s/early 1980s reprint of the original mid-1970s books and are sized 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. Most copies are in quite good shape except for rusty staples, especially on the Bluegrass Solos books. As far as we know, these have not been available anywhere for nearly twenty five years. We still offer photocopies of all 31 back issues of Mandolin World News — not to be confused with these originals — on our regular website:

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