Watch Ian Anderson Preview New Jethro Tull Book


Frontman/flautist flips through massive illustrated history, The Ballad of Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson shared a charming unboxing video of sorts in which he previews a new illustrated history of the band, The Ballad of Jethro Tull.


The Ballad of Jethro Tull was written by Mark Blake and features contributions from past and present members of Jethro Tull. While a “signature edition” of the book is sold out, the classic version is still available to pre-order and will start shipping in Europe in mid-November.

Recently Ian Anderson released Stormwatch: 40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition, a four-CD, two-audio DVD expansion of Tull’s 12th studio album– whose unreleased early version of “Dun Rungill” is premiering exclusively below —  . That will be followed in November by The Ballad of Jethro Tull, a sanctioned biography featuring more than 200 photos, many from Anderson’s personal collection, and downloads of two news songs, “The Ballad of Jethro Tull” and “Marmion.”

Jethro Tull released Stormwatch in September 1979, completing a folk-rock trilogy the band started with Songs from the Wood in 1977 and continued the following year with Heavy Horses. Certified gold in the U.S., Stormwatch was also the final album to feature the classic late-1970s Jethro Tull lineup, which included Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Glascock, John Evan, David (now Dee) Palmer and Barriemore Barlow.

To celebrate the album’s upcoming anniversary, Rhino will release Stormwatch: 40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition. This new 4CD/2DVD set will be available on October 18

Highlights include:

– Original album and associated recordings newly remixed by Steven Wilson
– Full concert from the Netherlands recorded in March 1980
– Original album and 13 associated recordings mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital
– Flat transfer of the original 1979 mix at 96/24 LPCM stereo
– 15 associated recordings mixed to 96/24 LPCM stereo and five original mixes at 96/24 LPCM stereo
– Presented in a case-bound DVD book filled with an extensive history of the album, track-by-track annotations by Anderson and Palmer, rare photographs and more

Jethro Tull announced their first official book. The Ballad of Jethro Tull  set for release in November.

In an informative video from Ian Anderson, the frontman details the book and its two versions. “You’ll see there’s a choice of two editions of the book, one of which comes with a seven-inch vinyl record of me reading a specially written poem called ‘The Ballad of Jethro Tull,’” he says while gripping his signature flute. “With musical backing from some old friends, too!”



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