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Tuesday, March 12 2013

Looking Back (and Forward) on Jethro Tull's 'Thick As a Brick'

Groundbreaking in its form, length, packaging, lyrics, and concept, the work remains one of the most significant and beloved albums of its genre 40 years onward.


Tuesday, June 5 2012

Still "Outside the Accepted Framework": An Interview with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

In 1972, Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" took ambitious prog rock to the top of the charts. Forty years on, frontman Ian Anderson means to do it all over again and discusses his plans with PopMatters.


Sunday, May 22 2011

The 25 Best Progressive Rock Songs of All Time

Put as simply -- and starkly -- as possible, many beautiful babies were thrown out with the bath water by hidebound critics who were content to sniffingly dismiss the more ambitious (pretentious!) works that certain bands were putting out as a matter of course in the early-to-mid-‘70s.


Thursday, February 25 2010

J.D. Salinger and Jethro Tull: The Coming of Age Story Soundtrack

I’m not certain if it says more about J.D. Salinger, Jethro Tull or me, that when I think of the ultimate coming-of-age treatise from the trenches, it’s not a novel but a trio of albums.


Columns

Tuesday, November 12 2013

The Holy Trinity: Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull have always confounded critics, and despite albums sales, hit songs, influence and longevity, it is above all the brain of frontman Ian Anderson that ensures they will remain forever on the outside, looking in.


Reviews

Tuesday, December 3 2013

Jethro Tull, Bricks, Plays, and Flirting with D'Isaster

Jethro Tull is one of progressive rock's longest-running bands. But is it progressive rock? If not, Ian Anderson and Co. have some explaining to do when it comes to Thick as a Brick and Passion Play.


Wednesday, July 17 2013

Like The Dude, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Abides

What we get with Jethro Tull Around the World Live, is visual and sonic documentation of a legend aging (mostly with grace) before our eyes.


Thursday, December 8 2011

Jethro Tull: Aqualung (40th Anniversary Special Edition)

Jethro Tull suffers if compared to the critically reviled acts of the progressive era, but in terms of their influence, longevity and versatility, they really are a unique entity in rock music.


Thursday, December 2 2010

Jethro Tull: Stand Up (Expanded Collector's Edition)

There is still a blues sensibility driving most of this material, but Anderson—who clearly had ability and creativity to burn—is already showing signs of developing the multi-faceted approach he would bring to each successive effort.


Monday, January 11 2010

Jethro Tull: Live At Madison Square Garden 1978

Out of time and possibly out of touch, Jethro Tull was a band for people who craved intelligent and occasionally challenging music, played convincingly by exceptional musicians. How quaint.


Blogs

Sunday, April 5 2009

It Was 335 Years Ago Today: A Brief History of Jethro Tull (Both of Them)

Without Jethro Tull there would be no Jethro Tull


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