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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.

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Reprise

46 Years Ago: Jethro Tull Come Into Their Own With ‘Stand Up’

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

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: Jethro Tull Reach a Pivotal Period With Their Third Album, ‘Benefit’

By April 1970, Jethro Tull had already released a pair of studio albums, but their career-defining fourth LP, Aqualung, wouldn’t arrive until March of the following year, at which point it would almost overshadow its predecessor, the underrated Benefit.

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Ian Anderson Says Jethro Tull Will Never Get Back Together

Ian Anderson is pushing back against those who want a reunion of longtime members of Jethro Tull, saying he prefers to work with the current lineup.

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Jethro Tull vs. the Band, Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Semifinals

This semifinal round of the 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame matches two bands that took very different paths to classic rock glory.

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Sean Gallup, Getty Images

Ian Anderson Announces ‘Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera’

Ian Anderson will use his band's music to tell the story of its namesake.

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Rhino

Jethro Tull’s ‘Minstrel in the Gallery’ Receiving Deluxe 40th Anniversary Reissue

'Minstrel in the Gallery,' Jethro Tull's eighth LP, is being remastered and expanded for its 40th birthday.

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Allman Brothers Band vs. Jethro Tull – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

From across a smoky bar, you might get a few of the shaggier members of these Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame nominees mixed up.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

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

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'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’

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

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