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Minstrels In The Gallery: A History Of Jethro Tull (Music)

by David Rees

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You're either a Tull fan or not is how it goes...well, I am however I wouldn't say I own every album or book released like the fans portrayed in this book, but have a couple of CDs nevertheless. Being a fan specifically of Mick Abraham and Martin Barre, knowing and listening to Tull in the eighties as a teen was more an "in your face" at people who were more intent on Spandau Ballet or Flock Of Seagulls et al...

But they are a great band, of that there is not doubt but it will not suit everyone, however I bet nearly everyone will recognise (and rock to) the big hits such as Locomotive Breath, Thick as a Brick, and of course Aqualung.

But for someone interested in knowing more about the enigma that is Tull, more so Ian Anderson, listening to their music might be more informative than reading this book; this might be better suited to a die-hard fan as an appendix to almost everything they did. But in saying that, it had some great insights into the band and the man but came across too much as a resource book than a biography.

Unfortunately the photo section was lacking in anything eye catching considering some of the stories mentioned in the book not to mention they have toured almost annually since the 70s, and the discography and complete tour dates consolidated my belief this is a reference book.

Worth a read for some of the background, but not really a source of a great story considering it is on one of the great Heavy Rock/Folk bands going round ( )
  scuzzy | Mar 21, 2011 |
An excellent history of Jethro Tull the group, not the English agricultural inventor, from someone who knows his subject exceeedingly well. Given the date on initial publication, it would be nice to see this reprinted with Rees adding the last decade of Tull to the mix. The discography presented is complete and the concert listings a nice reference. ( )
  Griff | Jul 4, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0946719225, Paperback)

“Rees has interviewed all the key players and told the Tull tale with zest and candor. A fine read for Tull fans and non-believers alike.”—Mojo “The author manages to maintain both his enthusiasm and enough perspective to make his narrative believable, and his chronicling of the band ’s sometimes turbulent history is gripping without slipping into sensationalism. Essential reading for Tull’s vast fanbase, of course.”—Record Collector

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