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Required reading for students of prog rock,
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.