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Jethro Tull

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Led by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull was the first group from the progressive era to score resounding chart success. Originally their music was based in rhythm and blues, but punctuated with Anderson's flute playing and larger-than-life stage persona. By Thick As A Brick, the band would provide the ultimate concept album: one song spread over both sides of the album, housed in a newspaper-facsimile record jacket. By the mid-70s, the bands work become more formulaic, but fan favorites were just around the corner, as the folk-roots of Songs For The Wood would attest.

Founded: 1967

Location: London, England

Website: Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull Every Album, Every Track by Jordan Blum

Jordan's put together a fine appraisal of the music of Jethro Tull, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the band. While I may not agree completely with all his assessments, that's what makes books such a good read, and what better subject than Tulldom? Be sure to pick this one up!

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Jim Pembroke, RIP

News has reached me that Wigwam vocalist, pianist and composer Jim Pembroke passed away Saturday October 9th, at age 75. Although he had been living in the US for the past few decades he is of course best known for his work with Finnish group Wigwam and solo albums for Charisma. Born in England, he first moved to Finland in 1965. My condolences to his family and friends.

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Jim Rodford, RIP

Bassist Jim Rodford, a founding member of Argent and longtime bassist for The Kinks, passed away on January 20th. My condolences to his wife and two sons, and his cousin Rod Argent. RIP, Jim. (Photo from The Zombies Facebook page).

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Jobson, Eddie

Violinist and journeyman, Eddie Jobson has one of the longer resumes in prog rock.

Founded: 1955

Location: Billingham, Cleveland, England

Website: Eddie Jobson's official site

John Lawton, RIP

Vocalist John Lawton passed away suddenly last week in Bulgaria at the age of 74. Best known for his work with Uriah Heep and Lucifer's Friend, he was also a member of the Les Humphries Singers and featured on the 1976 Eurovision awards. My condolences to his family and friends.

John Wetton, RIP

[Bad link: Invalid Node ID "3167"] has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. I had the honor of interviewing him via phone last summer, an interview that will feature prominently in the next edition of the book. Here's the portrait that Plastic Crimewave drew for it and an excerpt from my interview:

John spent the next few years in King Crimson as part of the monster rhythm section with Bill Bruford.

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Kaipa

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Named after a Swedish stone age chieftain, Kaipa were founded by keyboardist Hans Lundsun and bassit Tomas Eriksson in 1973. Guitarist Roine Stolt, though only a teenager at the time, was an original member.

Founded: 1973

Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Website: Kaipa

Kansas

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Kansas' legacy is undoubtedly as America's greatest progressive rock band, and their oeuvre would become the blueprint for a new breed of prog-metal bands that emerged in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Founded: 1972

Location: Topeka, Kansas

Website: Kansas

Kansas documentary, Miracles Out of Nowhere

"In 1973, six guys in a local band from America’s heartland began a journey that surpassed even their own wildest expectations, by achieving worldwide superstardom...watch the story unfold as the incredible story of the band KANSAS is told for the first time in the Limited Edition DVD Miracles Out Of Nowhere"

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