When you think of Rock & Roll, you might think of electric guitars, eccentric lead singers, and excess in sex and drugs. But how many of you think about the flute? For all you Jethro Tull fans out there, you know what I’m talking about.
Jethro Tull was formed in the late 60s and were apart of the british art rock movement. Starting as a blues band, Ian Anderson and his group expanded their sound to include classical instruments, such as the flute, and old traditional-folk songwriting. Their 1971 album Aqualung was a pop success, and it is genuinely a great album. Jethro Tull helped proved that rock music could be artsy, and that playing the flute was badass and could, indeed, get you laid.
Here is Jethro Tull performing “Thick As a Brick” live at Madison Square Garden in 1978.