In 1977 i reckon martin and jimmy page were level pegging for me at no 1 followed by buzz aldrin, scott gorham and then IA. But now IA is no1 followed by george orwell, larry burrows, robert capa and buzz aldrin. its not that i dont rate martin, hes a top guitar player, its just that these days i'm more into the acoustic side of tull and the musical genius of IA along with his superb lyricism. They say never meet your heroes, once photographed buzz aldrin for my newspaper and it wasn't awe inspiring.... but this man had been living a goldfish bowl existence worldwide for 30 years so its hardly surprising...must add: julian bream is levelling out at joint 6th with buzz a. i loved his c4 series guitarra in 1984, can't think of a greater living exponent of the classical guitar.
I never thought about it like that but I know where your coming from. If I had to think about who my heroes are I couldn't come up with anyone. I'd have to bring it down a bit and say who do I admire or who would I most like to be? if that makes sense and then I would shield myself from disappointment by saying well no one's perfect. ;D I suppose for me ; Pioneers - medicine - people who devote their life to helping their fellow man and anyone who works in medicine and care. I was watching a programme recently about Frank Pantridge the inventor of the portable defribillator who like a lot of inventors experimented with the prototypes on themselves - that takes courage and dedication! Artists I really do admire anyone who devotes their life to art and imagination be it music,painting etc and has the satisfaction of doing nothing else to meet the bills!
Anyone who doesn't take life or themselves seriously
So if I had one hero he/she would have to have invented something that saves their fellow man and then gone on to writing/performing music and/or painting and also does a bit of stand up comedy at the weekend
Music heros: Ian, Neil Young, for staying the course, Lou Reed for proving that anyone can have a second act after all, Dylan-for waiting out all the poet of a generation hoo-haw and turning into the kinf of guy he admired when he was getting started and...how about Eminem for pounding out the ugly truth...over and over again...just like Dylan did when he was that age.
My other heros would include Dave Eggers- a local writer who turns all his money into teaching kids how and why to read, Michael Moore for pissing in the face of American hypocrisy and facades, Dennis Kucinich for being a politician who tells the truth and sticks to his ideals, Spongbob square pants for amusing my daughter for long enough that i can shave or read for a few minutes and a woman named Kulvadee Thongpibul...my current intern who works so hard that I can post at work to the Tull forum!!!
Yes, both would be in my top 5 musical heroes along with artist such as Peter Green, Paul Simon and David Gilmour.
Other heroes would probably include Martin Luther King, Bobby Moore (West Ham and England), Clint Eastwood (if only for his film Play Misty for Me), Roger Scott (UK radio presenter) and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
I dunno, really. I admire them both, but I'm not sure I'd list them as "heroes"...
I don't have many real icons. Stirling Moss, Ranulph Fiennes... John Force, perhaps... that's about it. However, if we take the focus down to music, then they are both in the top 5 favourites, along with Hendrix, Gilmour and Page...
Ian and Martin are dedicated and adventurous craftsmen who assist the evolution and value of the craft as much as create particular things (songs). But "hero" is a tough thing for me to create a list of, and Joseph Campbell's definition of hero is about the best. There's a lot of stuff going on in this world. There are millions upon millions of heros and quite frankly I'm not sure how to compare one against the other until I know the story.
Beethoven is a hero because of all the abuse and neglect he went through as a young kid, then he had to take care of his family when he was barely out of his teens (and they were poor), then his parents died when he was still young, he had to move to make any money, he started losing his hearing early and had troubles finding a woman companion. Later in life, they now know, it was his own doctor's medical treatments that played a large part in making him painfully sick for years and eventually killing him. Yet through it all he strove to attain the greatness of liberty as an experience, he gave pure appreciation for spiritual development in his music, he monitored and presented the world around him with music of magnificent honesty, scope, imagination and attention. He kept evolving as a person and as a musical composer to the day he died. Many say his best music is in his last quartets, and if you want to hear the fully capable Beethoven's greatest musical reach, listen to Quartet's Opus 130 and especially 131. Listen to it once and it will nourish your soul forever. Because it's pure honesty.
jackinthegreen: Cream without Eric??? Santana without Carlos?? and not even with a stand-in player.....you're easily pleased, I reckon most people would not be happy to say the least...
Apr 30, 2022 23:45:36 GMT
jackinthegreen: If it was Scott that got Covid would they have played the gigs without a drummer?
May 1, 2022 0:01:38 GMT
ash: It's Tull not Cream and my answer stands. Now it there was no flute player...No flute no Tull . I've seen Ian play with just an ipod backing track it was great
May 3, 2022 16:04:21 GMT
jackinthegreen: "No flute, no Tull".......hmmmm tell that to MB when he's doing all the Tull stuff..
May 3, 2022 20:18:27 GMT
jackinthegreen: and I've seen Ian doing his one man thing with just the backing track too, but that's not billed as a Jethro Tull concert.....
May 3, 2022 20:19:44 GMT
jackinthegreen: I do agree he's brilliant at playing to his own backing tracks though
May 3, 2022 20:20:48 GMT
ash: My first answer stands in stone
May 4, 2022 10:00:23 GMT
goodwolfman38: Just around the corner from what i understand will be the 40th anniversary edition of Broadsword & The Beast due in July, as i noticed a few weeks ago with an interview with Ian this one will be large box set, hopefully no delays
May 12, 2022 13:45:20 GMT
rredmond: Well the radio.net plug in at the bottom of the site shocked me a bit!
May 12, 2022 14:39:42 GMT
maddogfagin: Yes it's a great addition to the Forum and I'm hoping radio.net will provide this service for years to come
May 14, 2022 15:58:55 GMT
jackinthegreen: Where is the link to this radio.net.......I don't see it folks
May 15, 2022 1:11:08 GMT
maddogfagin: Immediately below this shout box and above the visitor numbers/flags.
May 15, 2022 8:39:21 GMT
jackinthegreen: Cheers MD, I can only see the link from the "Home" page, but disappears when looking at threads etc, so find if I open it up in a new window it then plays constantly
May 15, 2022 13:29:06 GMT
jackinthegreen: So I have it bookmarked to open at any time....nice in the background if reading on t'internet
May 15, 2022 13:31:36 GMT
jackinthegreen: Did anyone on the forum see Tull at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester in September.....
May 19, 2022 1:10:39 GMT
smint100: Good Lord, why did no one tell me about the radio.net! I've spent a joyful afternoon in the garden watching the strawberries ripen - I mean, editing a book - and listening to unadulterated Tull. Heaven!
May 21, 2022 14:56:50 GMT