In The Groove with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

Photo by Nick Harrison

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson live in concert.

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Did you know that Jethro Tull once opened up for the MC5?

Ahead of the 50th anniversary tour heading to the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Jethro Tull frontman and flautist Ian Anderson talked with CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper about a duo of songs that influenced him over the years — including the MC5’s breakout track “Kick Out the Jams.”

Hear the full interview above or listen to his selected tracks below.

Track #1: A Blues Legend Makes an Impact

At an early age, Anderson sees blues guitarist J.B. Lenoir perform and everything changes for the young musician.

Track #2: MC5 Brings the Proto-Punk Sound to the Table

Jethro Tull would open for the MC5 in Seattle before encountering members of the band later on when Jethro Tull performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit.

Image credit: Photo by Nick Harrison

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About the Author

Ryan Patrick Hooper

Host, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper has worked as an arts and culture journalist in Detroit for over a decade.   Follow @hoopingtonpost

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