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Jethro Tull - the a New Day Tapes: Vol. One: 1 Paperback – 13 Sep 2012
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An independent and officially sanctioned Jethro Tull fanzine, A New Day has been putting out four or five issues per year since 1985. This book is a compilation of interviews covering their first decade. As you might expect from such devotees, these interviews are exacting and detailed, showing a huge knowledge yet also allowing interviewees ample chance to express their viewpoints. And when you read what Mick Abrahams has to say about leaving Tull, then it becomes abundantly clear that this is very far from being an Ian Anderson love-in. Much of the time it s the usual suspects who are put under the spotlight. It is also interesting to read what Tony Iommi has to say about his very brief time with the band, while co-author Rees is amusingly grilled by former member Martin Allcock. There is no attempt to make this an aesthetically pleasing book. There are some black and white photos of all the interviewees at the front, while the rest of the pages are taken up with solid text. But then a book like this is not designed to be pleasing to the eye. Rather than attempting to win new converts it is firmly aimed at those who are already Tull diehards, and it does the job well. MD --PROG Magazine December 2012
It is over a quarter of a century since Tull fanzine A New Day made its inauspicious cut-and-paste debut, and the reasons for its survival, when any number of similar labours-of-love have long since disappeared down the digital toilet, are many. Amongst these, one is surely the robustness of editorial content, which is as ready to express the die-hard fan s disappointments when the band has been under par as it is to offer full-blooded enthusiasm when due. The other key selling point has always been the extensive candid interviews with members past and present. Volume One gathers the first ten years of these interviews into one place for the first time, and a fascinating collection they make. One the one hand, there is a contemporary commentary from Crest Of A Knave to Divinities. Most fascinating, though, are the reminiscences on the pre-Tull days of The Blades, The John Evan Band et al, when the communal flute was on a time-share and there would be a fight over who got to wear the one pair of trendy trousers. It all makes for the first part of what is undoubtedly the definitive account of the band warts, contradictions and all. Oz Hardwick --R2 Magazine, November 2012
In the 27 years since David Rees launched the independent Jethro Tull magazine A New Day with the assistance of new boy Martin Webb from the second issue onwards the mag has become the definitive go-to repository (and/or depository) of all things Tull-related. Having established straight from the off that they were literate, precise, discerning and unpretentious rational fans, not unconditional fanatics Rees and Webb gained the trust and approbation of Tull members and affiliates from every stage of the band s career. The resultant access enabled A New Day to gradually accrue an archive of uniquely extensive, wide-ranging and revelatory interviews, the transcripts of which are presented herein (a second volume is promised for early 2013). One would go so far as to suggest that Tull fandom is by no means a prerequisite for finding these interviews utterly absorbing. Rees and Webb aren t averse to asking prickly questions, and the likes of Ian Anderson, Mick Abrahams, Barriemore Barlow and Dave Pegg make for intelligent and strikingly candid interviewees. Intra-band relationships and dynamics plus old, partly-resolved rivalries are laid bare; best of all, a substantial chapter devoted to the seminal pre-Tull John Evan Band glows with archaeological significance and vivid 60s detail. 4 STARS Reviewed by Oregano Rathbone --RECORD COLLECTOR Jan 2013
About the Author
Dave Rees has written, edited and published A New Day, the Jethro Tull magazine, since 1985, supported by Martin Webb. In 1998 Rees wrote the first full Jethro Tull biography Minstrels In The Gallery, published by Firefly. It was #1 in the music book charts for two months and spawned a plethora of subsequent books on Tull.
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Ha ha - that's my way of saying that he has had his head buried in it since Christmas Day. I know nothing about Jethro Tull or their music, but my Dad - who is certainly a massive fan - assures me this is the best book he's ever read about them, because it is all in the words of the people who were/are in the band. I am really glad that I chose a present that he is so pleased with.
I have not been disappointed with it's purchase - it's a labour of love which I have read and re read. The musicians do come across as normal ordinary people (albeit with a special gift) who you'd love to meet down the pub for a natter over old times. I can't recommend this book highly enough
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