Average Whiteman: A Memoir
Ian Abdul Latif Whiteman
Paperback, 272 pages
Adventures with Quakers, Architects, Rock Stars and Sufi Sages
"A captivating journey through some little-known but surprisingly influential moments of musical and British Islamic history." - Abdal Hakim Murad
A revealing memoir of a sixty year journey from early post-war Britain through to the new millennium and the huge changes that went with it. The author describes his slow awakening to the extraordinary worlds he was to move through: from the Quakers of his upbringing to the architects that he studied with in 1960s London and his immersion in the chaos of the burgeoning music business.
His journey then took him, almost unwittingly, into a Moroccan Sufi order, and eventually on the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. He examines his motives at each step of the way, recording his meetings with real holy men and not-so-holy men, eventually finding some peace and gratitude for the lessons learnt.