Published On: Fri, Sep 27th, 2013

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson talks ‘Thick as a Brick’, ‘TAAB2’ on the Tom Woods Show

The fifth studio album from Jethro Tull, the great concept album, “Thick as a Brick” and the 40 year follow-up “Thick as a Brick 2” aka “TAAB2” was the main topic of conversation Wednesday, Sept. 25 on The Tom Woods Show when the host interviewed singer, songwriter, flautist and Tull frontman Ian Anderson.

Ian Anderson/Public domain image Snafje at the wikipedia project

Ian Anderson/Public domain image Snafje at the wikipedia project

Anderson early in the interview talked of how the music industry labeled Aqualung as a concept album, prompting him to give them waht they wanted- a “part parody, part serious” album of the prog-rock era–“Thick as a Brick”.

“Thick as a Brick” was based on the poetry of the fictional 8-year-old school boy, Gerald Bostock. Anderson, who describes the work as 20% autobiographical, says he was “trying to see the world through the eyes of a prepubescent child grappling with adults.”

Forty years later we have TAAB2. The sequel that asks, “What might Gerald Bostock be doing today?”, which Woods calls his favorite Tull album since “Stormwatch”.

Anderson also discussed how wrote the album with the stage performance in mind.

Woods asked toward the end for the Jethro Tull frontman to elaborate on a statement made in a different interview–“Once in an interview you said there has to be a place for ‘thinking man’s music'”.

Anderson clarified calling it “thinking person’s music”. He said this music is made to appeal to the sensitive and feminine types, not just the black shirt, beer drinking fist pumping types.”

Woods asked the multitalented musician “what in his catalog he was most proud of?”, Anderson replied, “lyric writing at it’s best and rock flute”.




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