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Author Smolko, Tim, author.

Title Jethro Tull's Thick as a brick and A passion play : inside two long songs / Tim Smolko
Published Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource
Series Profiles in popular music
Profiles in popular music.
Contents Life is a long song : providing a context for Thick as a brick and A passion play -- Galliards and lute songs : the influence of early music in Jethro Tull -- Geared toward the exceptional rather than the average : the album cover and lyrics of Thick as a brick -- The music of Thick as a brick : form and thematic development -- The music of Thick as a brick : other features -- The Château d'Isaster tapes and the album cover and lyrics of A passion play -- The music of A passion play -- Monty Python, reception, and live versions
Summary 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. The author explores the large-scale form, expansive instrumentation, and complex arrangements that characterize these two albums, each composed of one continuous song
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Jethro Tull (Musical group)
Jethro Tull (Musical group)
Rock music -- England -- 1971-1980 -- History and criticism
Progressive rock music.
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Voice.
MUSIC -- Lyrics.
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- Vocal.
MUSIC -- Individual Composer & Musician.
Progressive rock music.
Rock music.
Genre/Form Progressive rock (Music)
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Progressive rock (Music)
Rock progressif.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013010486
ISBN 9780253010384