Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play: Inside Two Long Songs

by Tim Smolko (Author), Adrian Stone-Mason (Editor)
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Since the 1960s, British progressive rock band Jethro Tull has pushed the technical and compositional boundaries of rock music by infusing its musical output with traditions drawn from classical, folk, jazz, and world music. The release of Thick as a Brick (1972) and A Passion Play (1973) won the group legions of new followers and topped the Billboard charts in the United States, among the most unusual albums ever to do so. Tim Smolko explores the large-scale form, expansive instrumentation, and complex arrangements that characterize these two albums, each composed of one continuous song. Featuring insights from Ian Anderson and in-depth musical analysis, Smolko discusses the band's influence on popular culture and why many consider Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play to be two of the greatest concept albums in rock history.

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Publication date
October 07, 2013
Publisher
Collection
Page count
266
ISBN
9780253010384
Paper ISBN
9780253010261