Book & Magazine Reviews

Brian Rabey - 'A Passion Play: The Story Of Ian Anderson And Jethro Tull' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/fb/bb/98/Brian-Rabey-A-Passion-Play-Jethro-Tull-Rocktopia-Book-Review-50-1390337150.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 21, 2014    
54841   0   1   0   0   0

Brings to life the music and times of the almost criminally uncelebrated Anderson and his band members.

Published by: Soundcheck Books

Brian Rabey has produced a definitive biography of Jethro Tull with an unsurprising emphasis on Ian Anderson, the focal point, writer and founding member. To that point, the book comprises two parts, firstly a detailed chronological biography of the band and secondly a series of interviews with Anderson on notable subjects such as songwriting, instruments and his views on Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.

The history of the band, which spans a total of 155 out of the 225 pages, is interspersed by details of the studio and live albums with full track listings and associated notes. The book starts with the band's roots including the formation of The Blades and the John Evans band. These stories are brought to life with interviews and notes from the majority of the key members of these early bands which evolved into Jethro Tull. Following the choice of the Tull moniker, the book vividly describes the relatively swift rise of the band into album (and to a lesser extent single) chart residents especially in the US with the canon of 'Aqualung' and 'Thick As A Brick'.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music


It is very easy to forget (or not know) how big Jethro Tull was; as well as the late 60s to early 70s purple patch, Jethro Tull released the Grammy winning and heavy 'Crest Of A Knave' in 1987. However, they almost as quickly moved into more of a cult following from the late 80s onwards. Interviews with Anderson and Martin Barre, the guitarist who is the second most celebrated Tull member, show their philosophical approach to where the band sits in the public eye.

The Ian Anderson section clearly demonstrates that he is a thinker, an intellectual and is very introspective. He clearly has much to celebrate; above success, performing is his passion and he still wants to improve as a musician.
The book has been carefully written, very much from a fan's perspective but qualified by the interviews / quotes from so many assorted Tull members. It provides a detailed discography but also many glimpses into the reasons why the Jethro Tull sound is unique. Most importantly, it brings to life the music and times of the almost criminally uncelebrated Anderson and his band members.

Rob McKenzie

Share this on the web.


Comments (1)add comment

Brian Rabey said:

...
Thank you for this. BR
 
April 23, 2015
Votes: +0

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  July 2017  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 days, 4 hours ago
  • Berny : Another Rocktopia UK music video premiere: 'tonight' by The Midnight Ghost Train. Pls. check out the LATEST NEWS on the front page!
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the latest LIVE reviews!
  • mattnavy : For the record, the first issue of my order should commence with the latest edition.
  • mattnavy : Ok let me know please.
  • Berny : @ mattnavy: We'll sort it out now.
  • mattnavy : Just checked my post, still nothing arrived. My postcode is PL21 9JP.
  • Berny : @ mattnavi: I forwarded your question to the Fireworks team. Thanks for your patience.
  • mattnavy : I bought years membership two weeks ago, commencing from the latest edition. Nothing has turned up. Can you let me know if there has been a problem.
  • Berny : 25 new album reviews incl. Harem Scarem, Mr. Big, Bonfire, Mostly Autumn, TEN, Cheap Trick and many more! Check out our Revíews section!
  • Berny : @mattnavy: Pls. click on "Shop" - > "Fireworks Mini Shop" in the TOP menu on Rocktopia or send an e - mail to «email»
  • mattnavy : I cant seem to work out how I buy the latest edition or a years subscription of firework magazines.
  • Berny : Fireworks #79 out now! Ye Banished Privateers video premiere! 14000 words interview with Harem Scarem! New album and live reviews!
  • Rocktopia Te : 20 new album and 10 new live reviews!
  • Berny : Thanks Rob, review was updated!
  • rocktopiarob : Hi in the Bad For Good review - please replace "Rundgren's absurdly genius guitar playing" with "Davey Johnstone's absurdly genius guitar playing"
  • LeChef : Thumbs up!!!
  • Central Elec : Five new live reviews!
  • Hysteria : Wow! GREAT Abums! What a fantastic read!!! Kudos to you guys for including an album review by "The Hoff". KITT will love it!!! : - )
  • Central Elec : Landmark reviews 4991 - 5000 are online
  • Berny : Landmark reviews 4981 - 4990 are online, have fun! :)
  • Central Elec : Landmark Album Reviews 4971 - 4980 are online.
  • Berny : Check out our EXCLUSIVE interview with André Andersen of ROYAL HUNT!
  • Berny : More information can be found here: «link»
  • Berny : @moorby_vj_li: Many thanks for your purchase. If you bought a physical copy of the magazine, you can download the bonus disc from the menu on top (Fireworks - > Bonus CD 77).
  • moorby_vj_li : Hi All, I have purchased Issue 77 but can not see a link to download the music, where would I go, thank you in advance
  • Berny : GRAVE DIGGER exclusive UK video premiere of 'Lawbreaker'! Check out the news!
  • Berny : The new Fireworks section is now live! In the TOP MENU bar, please navigate to "Fireworks" - > "Fireworks Online" to read interviews with Eclipse, Tokyo Motor Fist, House Of Lords, Art Of Anarchy, Battle Beast & Monster Truck.
  • Berny : Many thanks Casper! :)
  • Casper : Thanks Berny ordered
  • Berny : @Casper @all: Fireworks Magazine #78 news item is now online, bonus interviews will follow this weekend. We have some interesting stuff coming in the next couple of days, including an album reviews special.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle