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Jordan Blum Jethro Tull On Track book
Sonicbond’s On Track series offers a song by song analysis of the work of major Rock bands.
 
In Jethro Tull On Track, Jordan Blum provides an insightful analysis of the band’s eclectic and influential output.
 
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It’s nearly impossible to discuss the history of rock music without praising the monumental quality, impact, variety, and boldness of Britain’s Jethro Tull. Named for an eighteenth-century agriculturalist – and not after their striking front-man Ian Anderson - the group almost immediately became one of the most ambitious, and significant acts in two subsections of the genre: progressive rock and folk rock. Officially formed in 1967, mastermind Anderson and company initially forged a blues course before veering in a more diverse, and expansive direction. Their early 1970s period – which is often considered their peak—took them close to progressive rock via iconic album cuts like ‘Aqualung’ and lengthy narrative suites like Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play, both number one hits in the USA .
 
Like numerous peers at the time (ELP, Rush, Yes, and King Crimson, to varying degrees), Tull then embraced the more commercially accessible demands  of the 1980s– complete with a fair share of both synthesisers and hard rock. Moving album by album, this book will examine the behind-the-scenes circumstances and motivations for each release via a track-by-track analysis to acutely observe why Jethro Tull were – and always will be – of invaluable 'benefit' to rock music.
 
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Jordan Blum is a teacher and freelance music writer, working for a wide range of publications including: Metal Injection, PopMatters, Prog, Progression, PopWrapped and Rock Society.