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5.0 out of 5 stars Tull reader, 21 Oct 2013
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Mr. Allen Graham (Workington,UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Passion Play: The Story of Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull (Paperback)
I have read all the English language books about Jethro Tull and in my 43 years as a fan many interviews,articles etc. about the best band since The Beatles.This is one of the best.
As always when I have read about people who are still alive I wonder what has been edited out.
Thoroughly recommended for all Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's the story of Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull, 10 Feb 2014
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The book is as it says on the tin and it is a very good informative read. A surprisingly easy fit for a 45+ lifespan into a couple hundred pages but it all seems to be in there. I collect books mainly biogs on bands and musicians and there is actually not a great deal out there on Jethro Tull. Perhaps because Ian Anderson is a very intelligent man and an amazing songwriter/musician. There is no rubbish involved, most if not all of other books on th 'greats' of the rock genres are half filled with books and stupid obscene drug fuelled binges. This is simple it's about the man/band and the music. Excellent recommend it if that's what you want to read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Tull/IA book, 30 Dec 2013
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M. Coller (Garden of Eden) - See all my reviews
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Brian Rabey deserves praise for coming up with such a concise and readable history of JT. Its easy when you are dealing with a band of some 45 years and counting to overdo the facts and detail.
The structure works really well. Each album and period is not over analysed. Brian presents the facts and then gets the inside story from the relevant members with Ian getting the final say ( as it should be).
Ian's final interview in the second part of the book is the most revealing you'll read anywhere.
For fans that have been with the band for a long long time the reflection now of albums that are long gone is interesting too. How many of us thought that .com in 99' would be the last 'proper' Tull album? You have to agree that the Nightcap album was very underated at the time.These reflections are very true and will strike a chord with older fans.
For recent fans they can read the story and listen to the back catalogue now on a regular basis brilliantly remastered. Another IA album is planned for 2014 and the next remaster is the much maligned Passion Play. The story goes on and theres a good few chapters to come.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for students of prog rock, 12 Dec 2013
This review is from: A Passion Play: The Story of Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull (Paperback)
It is interesting to see such "passionate" reviews of this book. Die hard fans are hard to please, and will almost never be happy with some texts. But for the student of prog, perhaps music students or academics looking for a solid reference from which to quote or use as a textbook, this book fits the bill.

Written by a music journalist who is also a musician and fan of Tull, it shows balance and insight into how Ian Anderson and the band "progressed" (which is kind of interesting when you think about it a book on progressive rock written in a progressive way, but I digress). And its funny how prog fans (you know who you are) constantly want to hear the same sound out of their favourite bands and fail to realize the meaning of the word "progressive" (as opposed to static). (*cough* Genesis *cough*)

I would love to read more from this author. He clearly understands the music and the motivation, or the formative elements that allow talent to come together. I am sure that bands like Yes, Genesis, ELP and King Crimson have similar stories. If today's musicians don't want to merely reference these influences but actually create something as innovative as the prog sounds of the 70s, they would buy this book and encourage the author to make it into a series about other bands from that era.

I read this book just before seeing Ian Anderson in concert, doing Thick as a Brick part 1 and 2. I thought the progression was brilliantly done, and I instantly recognized what Rabey was trying to accomplish in this book. It is not reportage, but a book dedicated to the art form. Well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passion play truly interesting read, 26 May 2014
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Ms Z. Braidy (Wales, uk) - See all my reviews
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Well worth reading, so interesting I only wish I had the paperback instead of ebook as it would be easier to flick through
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