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Jethro Tull

Even if their long career stalled at the start of the ‘70s, Jethro Tull would still go down in rock history for one crucial thing: They proved that the flute could be a killer rock ‘n’ roll instrument. Frontman Ian Anderson has wielded the instrument – a favorite among middle-school-band girls and wandering minstrels for almost a thousand years – like a madman onstage, aggressively blowing solos usually reserved for guitars or saxophones. But paired with the band’s era-spanning brand of prog-folk music – expertly displayed on 1971’s breakthrough ‘Aqualung’ album – the flute has become a weapon of mass destruction in Anderson’s hands. Despite the many lineup changes the band has gone through over the years, Jethro Tull’s records have rarely diverted from their ambitious paths. The group infamously won the first-ever Hard Rock/Metal Grammy in 1989, which isn’t as farfetched as detractors claim.

Jethro Tull Can’t Escape Rabbit Costumes – Real Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

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One of the most famous moments in 'Spinal Tap' finds bassist Derek Smalls trapped in a pod on stage, fighting to get out as his bandmates performed 'Rock and Roll Creation' without him. For Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, that hit close to home -- very close.

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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Announces Third ‘Thick as a Brick’ LP

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Ian Anderson isn't finished with Gerald Bostock, a mythical character whose poetry was said to have inspired Jethro Tull's legendary 1972 prog classic 'Thick as a Brick.'

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Jethro Tull Announce Deluxe ‘Benefit’ Reissue

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Jethro Tull's third album is getting the deluxe reissue treatment this fall.

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Top 10 Jethro Tull Songs

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Hulton Archive/Stringer, Getty Images

Say what you will about Jethro Tull – and the British band has been the target of both acclaim and ridicule over the decades – but the bottom line is no other band sounds anything like them. By picking up a concert flute (after deciding he’d never le

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Jethro Tull Vs. T. Rex – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Finals

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The people have spoken, and T. Rex will battle Jethro Tull in the July Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame finals. The winner will become the fourth entrant into our hallowed (and 100% fan-voted) establishment.

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Neil Young Vs. Jethro Tull – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Semifinals

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Neil Young and Jethro Tull are vying for the chance to advance to the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame finals -- which one will get your vote?

Each month, our readers will determine which of eight legendary artists or bands is immortalized forever for their contributions to classic-rock history.

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Jethro Tull Vs. The Allman Brothers Band – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One

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Ultimate Classic Rock

They're a rough, unshaven bunch of musical outlaws from Georgia, and all that stands between them and immortality is a British man armed with a flute. OK, we're oversimplifying things a bit, but the Allman Brothers Band and Jethro Tull are competing for your support in our 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame bracket this month.

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Jethro Tull Beat Metallica for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Grammy – Moments That Nearly Destroyed Rock

Moments That Nearly Destroyed Rock
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In 1988, metal was poised to finally make the leap from the shadowy fringes of music into the critical mainstream when Metallica were nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance. But in one of the most incredible upsets in Grammy history,

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Jethro Tull to Release 4-DVD Live Retrospective

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

It just keeps getting better for Jethro Tull fans. Fresh off a 40th anniversary reissue of 'Thick as a Brick,' and longtime frontman Ian Anderson's 'Thick as a Brick 2' sequel project, Tull will release treasure trove of live performances spanning three-and-a-half decades from 1970 through 2005.

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35 Years Ago: Jethro Tull’s ‘Heavy Horses’ Album Released

Chrysalis Records
Chrysalis Records

By 1978, Jethro Tull had been running for 10 years, and though their commercial fortunes and profile had soared with albums like 'Aqualung' and 'Thick as a Brick,' the band was still at its creative peak, as its 11th album, 'Heavy Horses,' proves.

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