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Ian Anderson at 65: Thick as a Brick?

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Most definitely not and never was.

But he did do a follow-up to the 1972 Jethro Tull album, Thick as a Brick.

It’s appropriately  titled, “Thick as a Brick 2″ and it catches up with little Gerald Bostock (who’s now of course a grown man) to reveal where he is now, 40 years later.

Naturally, Ian’s older too, and celebrates his birthday today, born on August 10, 1947 in Fife, Scotland.

The opposite of dim-witted, of course, Ian’s a brilliant singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the founder and frontman of Jethro Tull.

Oh, and also best known as probably being the only (or at least the first) musician to actually rock out a flute.

Besides music, he has a myriad of interests, including a deep passion for studying and protecting wild cats, especially those that have been rescued from harsh captivity.

But back to the new album. Of it, Ian says:

“It was a little daunting to consider the impact – or perhaps lack of – which this release might have on old and new fans alike but I eventually decided that I would embark on this for my own benefit and enjoyment rather than trying to please anyone else at all….

The conceptual and heavily lyrical nature of the beast, however, might be out of place in the attention span-deficit world which we seem to occupy these days.

But, having toured in 2010 and 2011 in Italy, Latin America, Australia and other countries where passions run high, I decided that maybe the world – or our little corners of it – was, in fact, ready for a bit of more substantial and weightier fare…..

The imagination-filled process of thinking how things might have turned out for the young and older Gerald kept me fascinated. Maybe you will be too. And maybe not.

Ah, well – you can always go and watch The X Factor and the Eurovision Song Contest.”

For those who might not have ADHD,  here’s a taste of the new album:

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