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Mandolin Man: The Bluegrass Life of Roland White
by Bob Black
University of Illinois Press, 2022
eISBN: 978-0-252-05332-0 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04433-5 | Paper: 978-0-252-08640-3
Library of Congress Classification ML419.W414B53 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 787.841642092

A No Depression Most Memorable Music Book of 2022

Roland White’s long career has taken him from membership in Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys and Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass to success with his own Roland White Band. A master of the mandolin and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, White has mentored a host of bluegrass musicians and inspired countless others.

Bob Black draws on extensive interviews with White and his peers and friends to provide the first in-depth biography of the pioneering bluegrass figure. Born into a musical family, White found early success with the Kentucky Colonels during the 1960s folk revival. The many stops and collaborations that marked White's subsequent musical journey trace the history of modern bluegrass. But Black also delves into the seldom-told tale of White's life as a working musician, one who endured professional and music industry ups-and-downs to become a legendary artist and beloved teacher.

An entertaining merger of memories and music history, Mandolin Man tells the overdue story of a bluegrass icon and his times.

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