Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Books on Jethro Tull

Minstrels In The Gallery: A History Of Jethro Tull (Music)
by David Rees

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Firefly Publishing (September 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0946719225
ISBN-13: 978-0946719228
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches

Book Description
"Rees has interviewed all the key players and told the Tull tale with zest and candor. A fine read for Tull fansand non-believers alike."-Mojo "The author manages to maintain both his enthusiasm and enough perspective to make his narrative believable, and his chronicling of the band 's sometimes turbulent history is gripping without slipping into sensationalism. Essential reading for Tull's vast fanbase, of course."-Record Collector


Driving In Diverse: A Collective Profile of Jethro Tull
by Barbara Espinoza

Paperback: 209 pages
Publisher: Morris Pub (August 15, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0739203304
ISBN-13: 978-0739203309


Jethro Tull (Pocket Essentials (Trafalgar))

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Pocket Essentials (September 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1904048188
ISBN-13: 978-1904048183
Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches

From the Publisher
Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are brief, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. In addition to an introduction to the subject, each topic is individually analyzed and reviewed, examining its impact on popular culture or history. There’s also a reference section that lists related web sites and weightier (and more expensive) books on the subject. For media buffs, students, and inquiring minds, these are great entry–level books that build into an essential library.


Jethro Tull: A History of the Band, 1968-2001
by Scott Allen Nollen (Author), Ian Anderson (Foreword)

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: McFarland & Company (December 15, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786411015
ISBN-13: 978-0786411016
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.9 inches

From Library Journal
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, Inc.

From Booklist
When it comes to codpiece-clad rock gods, one name is paramount: Jethro Tull. Of course, Jethro Tull is only the name of the band, and the divine codpiece clads prancing flautist Ian Anderson, the only original member of the band that gave us "Locomotive Breath" who is still in it. Like many acts that endure until its touring lineup is one founding member and a bunch of hired hands, Tull survives as a marketable live act and a consistent if uninspiring source of new recordings. It always had pretensions far beyond the top-40 charts, and its members happily reminisce about its role in rock history, amusing touring incidents, and life as bigtime rockers in the golden age of groupies. Nollen consulted other band members as well as Anderson, and it must be said that, although in the past the Tullsters, especially Anderson, were assailed for hubris and pompousness, they are no match for the chronically overexposed Pete Townshend on those scores. A welcome addition to comprehensive rock music collections. Mike Tribby
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Jethro Tull: Complete Lyrics
by Karl Schramm (Editor), Gerard J. Burns (Editor)

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Palmyra Verlag, George Stein (March 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3930378116
ISBN-13: 978-3930378111
Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7 x 1.3 inches

Book Description
Ian Anderson, founder and singer of the band, not only introduced the flute to rock music, he is also a very versatile songwriter. In his lyrics he uses motifs from Celtic mythology, creates grotesque collages, expresses a simple earthbound view of life and voices criticism on modern-day society. Anderson's rock poetry is a blend of present and past, it is both sensitive and blunt, metaphorical and direct.

From the Publisher
This is the first complete authorized collection of Jethro Tull's lyrics. It includes personal comments by Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull's music and the band's development, as well as a number of photographs, some of which have never been published before.


Flying Colours: The Jethro Tull Reference Manual
by Greg Russo

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: CrossFire Pub.; 1st ed edition (January 14, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0964815761
ISBN-13: 978-0964815766
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches

Book Description
The most complete, accurate and authoritative history on the group Jethro Tull.

From the Back Cover
Jethro Tull has provided fans with enjoyable and challenging music for over three decades. No other band has featured such a wide range of musicians and personalities. Through mainstay Ian Anderson's forward-thinking musical direction and intelligent lyrical perceptions on life, Jethro Tull has skirted every musical trend and endured longer than nearly all of their contemporaries. "Flying Colours: The Jethro Tull Reference Manual," Greg Russo's fifth book, contains everything a Tull fan would ever need in one place: a complete band history, detailed song analysis, a gig list and the most amazing group and solo discographies ever compiled. This is the bible for Tullies worldwide!


Aqualung (33 1/3)
by Allan F. Moore (Author)

Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group (August 30, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0826416195
ISBN-13: 978-0826416193
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches

Book Description
Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull are one of rock’s most enduring bands. Their 1971 album Aqualung, with its provocative lyrical content and continuous music shifts, is Tull’s most successful and most misunderstood record. Here, music professor and fan Allan Moore tackles the album on a track-by-track basis, looking at Ian Anderson’s lyrics and studying the complex structures and arrangements of these classic songs.

About the Author
Allan F. Moore is Professor of Popular Music and Head of the Department of Music and Sound Recording at the University of Surrey.

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