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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.

40 Years Ago: Jethro Tull Respond to Critics and Strip Off the Excess

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Jethro Tull's seventh album, 1974's 'War Child,' was born during a particularly awkward transitional period.

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35 Years Ago: Jethro Tull End the ’70s With Underrated ‘Stormwatch’

Jethro Tull Stormwatch
Chrysalis

Jethro Tull's 12th studio album concludes with 'Elegy,' a quiet instrumental of pastoral acoustic guitar and melancholy strings. The title is appropriate.

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Clash of the Titans – ‘Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)’ vs. ‘Thick as a Brick’

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Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull concept albums battle it out in this week's Clash of the Titans.

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Ian Anderson ‘Thick As A Brick: Live In Iceland’ — DVD Review

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Sean Gallup, Getty Images

We review the new DVD by Ian Anderson, which brings together a live performance of Jethro Tull's 'Thick as a Brick' and its 2012 sequel.

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Glenn Cornick, Founding Jethro Tull Bassist, Dies

Glenn Cornick
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Cornick played on Jethro Tull's first three albums. He was 67.

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45 Years Ago: Jethro Tull Comes Into Its Own with ‘Stand Up’

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Ian Anderson began to assert himself on 'Stand Up,' and Jethro Tull as we know it was born.

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Jethro Tull, ‘A Passion Play: An Extended Performance’ – Album Review

Jethro Tull
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Jethro Tull have released a re-mastered and expanded edition of their 1973 album, 'A Passion Play.'

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Jethro Tull’s ‘A Passion Play’ Getting Deluxe Reissue Treatment

Jethro Tull, 'A Passion Play'
Chrysalis

This 2-CD/2-DVD package offers Steven Wilson stereo mixes of Tull's original 1973 album.

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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson To Release ‘Thick as a Brick’ Live Set

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Jo Hale, Getty Images

Ian Anderson will release a live set that includes both Jethro Tull's 'Thick as a Brick' and its 2012 sequel.

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Did a Jethro Tull Song Influence The Eagles’ ‘Hotel California?

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images / Express Newspapers, Hulton Archive

If so, Tull frontman Ian Anderson says he holds no ill will, calling it "a kind of tribute."

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