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Books On Jethro Tull (2)


Minstrels In The Gallery : A History Of Jethro Tull
by David Rees (1998)
Minstrels In The Gallery : Die Geschichte von Jethro Tull
by David Rees - German translation (2001)

Jethro Tull 25 Complete Lyrics
by Karl Schramm (ed.), Gerard J. Burns (ed.); (1997, second edition 2000)

Jethro Tull
by Javier de Juan (1984)

To Be The Play
by Brian Meyers (1978)

Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull: Too old to rock 'n' roll, too young to die!
by Repik Vladimir (2006)


by David Rees (1998) &

MINSTRELS IN THE GALLERY - Die Geschichte von Jethro Tull
by David Rees (German translation, 2001)

David Rees' book is the first biography of the band in the english language and its release coincided with Jethro Tull's 30th anniversary. He describes the genesis and development of Jethro Tull from the early days in 1968 when they started out as a local blues band up to 1998, when they are still touring and recording and have the status of one of the most famous and "still existing" rock bands. The band and its music are portrayed against the background of developments in the rock music of the late sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties. Though most of the information is based on articles in the music press and interviews with past and present band members, a lot comes from personal interpretation and assumptions. The history is described from a linear, chronological perspective. The appendix contains a chapter on Mick Abrahams and Blodwyn Pig, a discography and a "gigography". I would like to recommend this book for readers who want to get an overall, critical and from time to time humorous view on the evolution Jethro Tull went through in the past three decades.
* Jan Voorbij

Description: SAF/Firefly Publishing, Wembley, Middx, UK, 1998; ISBN 0946719225; 218 pp. with b/w pictures, discography and complete concert list; paperback.
Availability: the book can be ordered online at
Barnes & Noble Books

This book was translated in German in 2001.

Description: Published by Star Cluster, 2001;ISBN: 3925005609; Hardback, 240 pp. with b/w pictures.
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by Karl Schramm (ed.) & Gerard J. Burns (ed. )(second edition - 2000)

This book contains all lyrics to the songs from "This Was" up to "Roots To Branches", including "Nightcap". The lyrics were authorized by Ian Anderson. There is an introduction, "Talking Tull", in which Ian Anderson shines his light on the various albums against the background of the genesis of Jethro Tull. B/w photographs, of which several originate from Anderson's personal archive, and a song title index are included. I would recommend it as a great work of reference as it contains the authorized lyrics of all the officially released albums up to 1995.
* Jan Voorbij

Description: ISBN
3930378116; Palmyra, 1989. Second edition: 2000. Distributed by International Music Publications Ltd., Southend Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 8HN, England; 336 pp.; with pictures b/w; 24,5 cm; paperback.
Availability: Chester Hopkins merchandising (details on
The Official Jethro Tull Website) or through Amazon.co.uk. This is the edition that was originally included as a hardback inside the 25th Anniversary Aqualung box-set back in 1996.

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by Repik Vladimir

December 2006 saw the release of a new book on Tull, that was published in the Czech Republic. Repik Vladimir translated the Tull lyrics into Czech. Due to the fact that Tull have not released a new recording for more than 3 years, the book represents the complete lyrics of 40 years of the band's existence. By publishing the book the Czech fandom (which is very strong) celebrates the 40 years of Jethro Tull. The book contains the lyrics both in Czech and English. The book's name is Too Old To Rock'n'Roll: Too Young to Die, the publisher's name is Volvox Globator. 

More details here http://www.volvox.cz/knihy/evokace/evokace.php#jethro_tull
The book is available through www.volvox.cz; mailto:volvox@volvox.cz

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by Javier de Juan (1984)

In Spanish. A short biography of the original Jethro Tull (the British agricultural inventor and farmer), a biography of the band year by year from 1967 up to 1982, the biography of each member of the band including their works before joining J.T. and before leaving the band. The censorship: some albums were censored under Franco's dictatorship, esp. Aqualung, Jethro Tull in Spain (the concerts from 1974 their first visit to Spain to 1982), Songs anthology (English - Spanish, including 9 songs of Aqualung, 2 songs of Living in the Past, whole Thick as a brick and A Passion Play, 7 from War Child, 6 from Minstrel, 3 songs from Songs of the Wood, 2 from Stormwatch and the song Too old to r&r, discography (Lp's and singles) and a short bootleg discography. Illustrated with b/w pictures.

Availability: Ediciones Júcar, Menendez Valdez, 33-1, 33201 Gijon - Asturias, Spain
PHONE: 34-985-349.684, FAX  : 34-985-349.542, E-MAIL :
Price: € 6.00 (excl. p&p)

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by Brian Meyers

This book has the distinction of being the first ever published about Jethro Tull. It is also the rarest, and the most ridiculed. Nothing is known about the author, Brian Meyers, who gives us a "timely meditation on the creations and performances of Jethro Tull" in the form of a dialogue between a young man and a middle-aged professor of English Literature. The young man is a Tull fanatic who is trying to persuade the professor that "Anderson is the strongest poet ever to appear in the entire Western Tradition", taking Harold Bloom's work of literary theory, 'The Anxiety of Influence', as his main point of reference. Nietzsche's 'The Birth of Tragedy' and William Blake's 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' are also brought in to support his argument.  In amongst all this theorising are entertaining descriptions of Tull's stage shows from 1972 to 1978. All in all a truly bizarre mix of information and mad-cap opinion which, depending on your personal taste, will either provide much food for thought or much laughter. Or both!
* Andy Jackson

Description: Fishergate Publishing Company, Inc., 2521 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401; Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 78-70864; Published October 1978; pp.140.
Availability: sold out
. As a collectors' item, many fans are hunting for them. If you're prepared to pay a ridiculous $ 100 for a $ 5 pocket book, I won't stop you.

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