'The Ballad of Jethro Tull' book will include new recorded material

New 07/06/2019

A new book chronicling Jethro Tull's 50 year history, to be released in November, has been confirmed by frontman Ian Anderson to include new recorded material. 

Anderson previously described the project when it was first announced in October as "the definitive Jethro Tull story – as told by Jethro Tull", giving fans insight into what to expect via Youtube (see below). 

Author Mark Blake was the writer, with Anderson overseeing every aspect of its completion. Current and former members of the band also contributed to the book, which will feature personal stories, previously unseen photos, original press clippings and album artwork.

The Ballad of Jethro Tull will be released in two editions: the 'Classic' version and the 'Signature Edition', which will be limited to just 500 copies. 

The 'Signature Edition' will feature a new Jethro Tull 7" single, with material recorded specifically for the project. Its A-side contains a narrative poem written and read by Anderson called The Ballad of Jethro Tull, accompanied by "a unique and original mix of classic Tull music."

The B-side will feature Anderson reading Walter Scott’s 1808 poem Marmion, with musical backing composed and performed by Jethro Tull band member John O’Hara on a cathedral organ. 

The new material will not come with the 'Classic' edition in physical form, but buyers will be provided with download codes to access the recordings online. The book is available for pre-order on the bands website now.