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Welcome to the home page for The Boy Scout Manual.

The response to the site has been tremendous, and we plan a whole lot more in the future. Over time we hope for this site to become the most comprehensive single visit repository on the web for all memorabillia and other material associated with the band Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, and the musicians who have been part of one of the most unique and musically diverse bands of the last 50 years.

Masses of new material has been uploaded to the site recently and we will continue to add our own and other memorabilia that has been kindly sent over to us over recent months. So, please bear with us as we continue to develop the site and add content from some of the most extensive fan and private collections from around the globe.

Although neglected largely by the music press and music historians over a number of years since their heyday, the band, its leader Ian Anderson, together with long-serving guitarist Martin Barre and the myriad of other gifted musicians and players who have formed Jethro Tull, and its predecessor bands since the mid to late 1960s, now  find themselves the subject of growing interest in the newly awakened fields of progressive and classic rock. The band and the music is now acknowledged as being a valued influence on an ever increasing sphere of new and emerging prog bands and musicians.

This site will aim, over time, to provide a home for much, and hopefully all the available material which has been associated with one of the most unique and critically acclaimed, and in some cases unnecessarily maligned, bands to emerge from the British "blues boom" of 1968. This site is a labour of love and is funded, managed and updated independently from the band, and we're happy to maintain independence from all interference for the benefit of Tull fans.

We are in a continual process of uploading content but hope that fans from across the Tull community will want to continue contributing material to an archive of memorabillia that reflects the history of one of music's most unique bands.

If you have anything to contribute [digitally - Hi and Low res JPEG preferably] then please get in touch via our contacts page, we are happy to display it and credit the owner sending it in.

We accept contirbutions from all quarters and offer the material here to view for free to all without membership. We would ask you to bookmark our facebook page and like us there and get more speedy updates and other news.

A huge debt of gratitude to all those fans who are cutting across divides to supply copies of their memorabillia to The Manual. Thanks to David Pier and 'Mac' who have recently sent me their private collections of paper memorabilia for scanning and inclusion to the Manual.

I send my personal thanks to them and others and in particular to 'Gerrald Bostock' who is helping me collate the images here and for making his own extensive personal collections available to fans worldwide here and also thanks to Darin Cody and Tulltapes.

Also thanks to Tull Management for advertising the site via their Facebook and Twitter feeds

So,

Bless my boots! Upon my soul! 

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