The Story Of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull

By Brian Rabey

Includes an 8 page black and white plates section

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  • “A thorough overview of Tull’s career which should keep die hard fans satisfied” Patrick Humphries, Prog Magazine
  • “Overall, this is an exceptional work from Brian Ramey – a solid presentation with rare photos – highly recommended to fans and others interested in this seminal band, and it’s reclusive leader.” Douglas Harr’s Media blog
  • “He offers great insight on band member dynamics with each other and with management, and how the different members of Jethro Tull went about handling their careers. There is in depth material with a massive amount of interviews Brian does with Ian, especially in the second part of the book.” Anne Leighton, jethrotull.com
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An intimate, yet thorough, look at one of Britain’s biggest ever bands

A Passion Play: The Story Of Ian Anderson And Jethro Tull tells the tale of the band and the man in two parts.

In part one, lifelong fan Brian Rabey traces the history of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull from their 1960s roots as The Blades, examining Tull’s rise to superstardom and their constant musical innovation. This fascinating account is largely told by the musicians themselves. Rabey had ‘access all areas’ and secured lengthy interviews with, amongst others, Mick Abrahams, Martin Barre, Clive Bunker, Glenn Cornick, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, Doane Perry and Ian Anderson himself.

Part two is turned over to the thoughts of Ian Anderson, one of the most eloquent and thoughtful figures in the music business. Rabey has been interviewing him, on and off, for over 30 years, discussing every subject under the sun. So, here are Anderson’s views on songwriting, the music business, band tensions, Frank Zappa and much more.  A real treat for fans.

Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker, Andy Giddings, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, Doane Perry and publicist Anne Leighton all provide amusing forewords.

About the author

Brian Rabey has been a music journalist for over 30 years, working for over 60 publications such as Toronto’s Music Express in his native Canada. He has a BA in Communication Studies and has also worked as head Technician at Montreal’s major theatre. He has played in bands since the age of twelve, but aged sixteen he first heard Jethro Tull’s music and instantly bought a flute; learning the flute parts to all their songs.

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