Original Jethro Tull

The Glory Years, 1968–1980


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About the Book

Jethro Tull was one of the truly innovative rock bands to emerge from the late 1960s. At their peak the idiosyncratic group, fronted by multi-instrumentalist Ian Anderson, resembled a troupe of roving English minstrels.
Crafting a signature progressive rock sound that resisted easy categorization, they were often derided by critics as too British, too eccentric, too theatrical. Over the span of a decade, Tull released a string of sublime albums featuring intricate compositions in a wide range of musical styles, with little regard for the showbiz maxim “give the public what it wants.”
Focusing on the years 1968–1980, this history includes insider accounts based on exclusive interviews with key members and rare photographs from Ian Anderson’s personal collection.

About the Author(s)

Gary Parker is the author of numerous works well reviewed in such publications as the Los Angeles Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He resides in Palm Springs California (website www.garyparkerwriter.com).

Bibliographic Details

Gary Parker
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: 23 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7434-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3465-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface 1
Up the Pool 5
This Was 18
David Palmer 21
Martin Barre 26
New Words to Say 28
John Evans 37
Jeffrey Hammond 42
To Compose a Better Song 44
Barrie Barlow 52
Welcome to World War Three 55
Put Your Bet on Number One 64
Fallen from Grace 72
Back-Door Angels 82
Baker Street Muse 92
The First Brick 99
Dead Beat with Tired Feet 104
John Glascock 104
Rural Revelry 118
Holding on a Windward Course 133
Weather’s on the Change 146
The Sublimes 160
Reasons for Waiting 160
My God 160
Life’s a Long Song 161
Wondering Aloud 161
Pan Dance 162
Third Hoorah 163
Fire at Midnight 163
Black Satin Dancer 164
Summerday Sands 164
Dunringhill 164
Old Aces Die Hard 165
Wind Up 166
Chapter Notes 177
Bibliography 185
Index 187