Jethro Tull: A History of the Band,1968-2001 / Edition 2

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Overview

Originally formed by singer-songwriter Ian Anderson in psychedelic 1968, the band Jethro Tull has been recording its own kind of rock and roll and touring the globe for more than three decades. This is a history of the band through the present, written by an acquaintance of several of its members. The book includes a chronology of all of the band's recordings and information on all accompanying tours, with the author's critiques as well as the band's own reminiscences and opinions of each album. Also included are previously unpublished interviews with founder Ian Anderson, long-time band member David Pegg, other band members, Mick Abrahams, Jeffrey Hammond, and Doane Perry, and more.

Author Biography: Scott Allen Nollen is the author of twelve books on the history of film, literature and music, including, from McFarland, The Boys: The Cinematic World of Laurel and Hardy (2001 [1989], $20) and Robert Louis Stevenson: Life, Literature and the Silver Screen (1994, $58.50). He lives in Iowa City.

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Boasting back-to-back number one albums in the early 1970s in the United States, British band Jethro Tull was once one of the biggest rock groups in the world. Led by erudite flutist Ian Anderson, Tull has blazed a wholly original trail in the rock world for nearly 35 years. Longtime fan Nollen (The Boys) parlays his friendship with the band into an engaging biography that benefits from the participation of former and current band members. The bulk of the book is one long chapter divided into sections for each of the band's 31 albums. Nollen includes vital statistics (band members, song titles, U.K./U.S. chart position, etc.), rates each album on a one-to-five scale, and provides critical analysis of virtually every song. Quotes from interviews with band members are accompanied by quotes from Anderson's hired hands, which offer great insight into the band. Though Nollen's book is better written and more comprehensive than David Rees's Minstrels in the Gallery, its relatively narrow appeal and high price make it an optional purchase for popular music collections. Also available are Greg Russo's Flying Colours: The Jethro Tull Reference Manual and Barbara Espinoza's Driving in Diverse: A Collective Profile of Jethro Tull. Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786411016
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/21/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 632,591
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Allen Nollen was educated in film and history at the University of Iowa. He has written and edited more than 40 books on the history of film, literature and music.

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