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Jethro Tull

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: Thick as a Brick
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45 Years Ago: Jethro Tull Try to ‘Out-Prog’ Everybody With ‘Thick as a Brick’

Ian Anderson wanted Jethro Tull's fifth studio album to act as a response to reviews which described 1971's 'Aqualung' as a concept album.

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Ian Anderson Explains Why ‘Jethro Tull’ Are a Living Legacy, Not a Band

It's been almost 20 years since an album of new original material was released under the Jethro Tull banner, but bandleader Ian Anderson still performs the group's music.

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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson has lined up a lengthy list of tour dates to support his upcoming 'Jethro Tull - The String Quartets' LP.

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‘Ring Out These Bells’ from ‘Jethro Tull: The String Quartets': Exclusive Premiere

Ian Anderson also offers exclusive insight into this newly arranged track, which took a winding path toward inclusion on Jethro Tull’s 'Songs From the Wood.'

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Ian Anderson Announces Jethro Tull ‘String Quartets’ LP for 2017

A year after honoring the band's real-life namesake with a rock opera, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson is giving a dozen of the group's songs the string quartet treatment.

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Parlophone

Listen to a Previously Unreleased Jethro Tull Song, ‘Bouree: Morgan Version': Exclusive Premiere

An exclusive premiere of Jethro Tull's 'Bouree: Morgan Version,' from the new reissue 'Stand Up: Elevated Edition.'

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Jethro Tull Albums Ranked Worst to Best

Jethro Tull Albums Ranked Worst to Best

We're counting down all of Jethro Tull's albums, from the worst to the best.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Story of Jethro Tull’s Breakthrough Masterpiece ‘Aqualung’

Jethro Tull already had made three albums when 'Aqualung' was released in March 1971.

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Chrysalis/Warner Bros.

Jethro Tull to Release ‘Aqualung’ Box Set

A two-CD. two-DVD set commemorating Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung' will be released on April 22.

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Martin Barre Talks About Jethro Tull Memories, New Music and More: Exclusive Interview

Jethro Tull played their last concert in 2011, when main songwriter Ian Anderson retired the band and moved forward under his own name and a revamped lineup.

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