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Ian Anderson (born August 10, 1947 in Dunfermline,
Fife), is a Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist and
flautist. He is best known as the head of the rock band Jethro Tull.
Ian Anderson has managed to carve himself an incredibly original image. In one sentence, he could be described as the mad one-legged, long-bearded flute player of a rock band. Ian Anderson has been the backbone of Jethro Tull for almost forty years, since its inception in 1967, while also being able to record a number of solo projects. Ian Anderson's latest album is 2005's Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull.
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As a flautist, Ian Anderson is self-taught. His style, which often includes a good deal of flutter tonguing and occasionally singing, humming or even snorting while playing, was influenced by Roland Kirk. As a composer he successfully fused very diverse styles, including folk, jazz, blues, rock and pop, in order to create a decidedly personal sound. Ian Anderson's lyrics are frequently complex, being one of the reasons behind the popularity of the band. The most frequent tone of his compositions is a tongue-in-cheek criticism of society and many of its absurd self-imposed rules, as demonstrated in the tracks "Sossity, You're a Woman", "Hymn 43" and "Thick as a Brick". Frequently he combined such lyrics with other themes and motifs like folk and mythological as seen in "The Minstrel in the Gallery", "Jack-in-the-Green" and "Broadsword and the Beast". In recent years, Ian Anderson seems to favour capturing verbal snapshots of his daily life like in the songs "Old Black Cat" and "Rocks on the Road".