Bill Malone has beautifully captured the center of Mike's life- to collect, learn, share traditional southern music. Mike's obsession with the music is a major gain to all music lovers given that artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, The Grateful Dead and older half-brother Pete all learned plenty from Mike and are happy to acknowledge that. But more, Mike worked at making his archival recordings accessible with contributions to Folkways Records (Smithsonian Folkways), Rounder Records, The Library of Congress, University of North Carolina and more.
The book outlines Mike's personal life, but focuses more on his interest in music, musical development, and enormous contributions that have led to more than one major renaissance of traditional music played in both traditional and contemporary settings.
One thing Malone makes very clear-we owe Mike for his enormous contributions to the fabric of American Music. It's hard to read the book and not wonder how Mike managed to accomplish what he did-but inspiring!
Also recommend Mike's many recordings and videos.