This week sees the release of Ian Anderson’s latest solo album, Thick As a Brick 2. It’s the sequel to Jethro Tull‘s classic Thick As A Brick from 1972. Since Tull is still an ongoing […]
Sequels with beloved characters dominate at the box office. So why not bring back a character from an iconic classic rock album? That was (sort of) the reasoning behind Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson revisiting […]
At the end of the year, many radio stations run a countdown show featuring the top songs of the year. Let’s spend a few Rock Flashback posts at the end of this year looking at […]
Earlier this month, we mentioned The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jethro Tull[/lastfm] Christmas Album and how well the band’s folk-inflected style lends itself to holiday music. Find out about another holiday album that’s a perfect match for the band […]
In America, folksingers tended to be lone troubadours with guitars in hand. English folkies often formed bands. Two of the best-known were [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Fairport Convention[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Steeleye Span[/lastfm]. We noticed that Steeleye Span’s bassist, […]
It happened again the other morning — my errands were delayed because I was sitting in the car listening to a song on the radio: “John Barleycorn” by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Traffic[/lastfm], an underappreciated track from an […]
They were neither the first all-female rock band, nor the first all-female rock band signed to a major label, but they were the first all-female rock band to enjoy anything resembling success. The members of […]
Spend as much time amongst the annals and the archives of rock as I do, and you’ll find yourself intrigued by certain names that appear again and again. Take [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Blodwyn Pig[/lastfm] for example — […]
When kids dream of being in a rock band, the dream always includes a cool name. Cool is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but cool is the goal regardless. But some band […]
Yesterday’s post about [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]REO Speedwagon[/lastfm] dropped the name of Terry Luttrell, and in the Midwest, where I come from, you can’t drop the name of Terry Luttrell without thinking of the band he fronted […]
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