Until fairly recently, I had a Tuesday Morning “close-out retailer” store within two miles of home. In an age when we are lucky to have just one large national bookstore chain, I was grateful to have a quirky home goods store that also offered the oddest assortment of book fare, the overwhelming majority of which can not be found in Barnes & Noble, Politics & Prose, and other “respectable” reading establishments.
This piece, therefore, is a tribute to the former Silver Spring location of Tuesday Morning for allowing me to purchase the ingeniously-crafted Country Music Pop-Up Book, a $45.00 retail value (as the price tag states) for only $14.99. This delightful pop-up book I first mentioned two years ago last December in a classic “road” story about Waylon Jennings as told by Kinky Friedman.
The closing of our local Tuesday Morning has me once again looking at this sumptuous book with the many moving parts. I just re-read Steve Earle‘s funny essay about life as a struggling songwriter in Nashville working on “The Graveyard Shift” in which we learn that, when “Steve Martin led the entire audience down Ellison Place and bought everyone a Krystal hamburger, [Earle] was at the front of the line.”
When it comes to pop-up record albums, Jethro Tull‘s elaborate gatefold sleeve for their sophomore release — 1969’s Stand Up, with the pop-up renderings of the four band members — single-handedly rules the roost (one has to wonder, then, why the title of this piece is plural). The concept, as noted in Discogs, was based on ideas from Terry Ellis and John Williams and printed from woodcuts by New York graphic artist, Jimmy Grashow [whom you may visit on Facebook].
One song I remember hearing on 1970s FM radio was Jethro Tull’s adaptation of a popular Bach lute piece (Bourrée in E minor). Although Stand Up would reach the US Top 20, Island’s release of “Bourée” b/w “Fat Man” would fail to chart, except in Germany (#37), Belgium (#20), and the Netherlands (#5):
Jethro Tull (1969)
Jimmy Grashow would also design the artwork used for the French 45 picture sleeve:
Mother of musical misspellings
Did You Know … Jethro Tull’s very first single release — their one and only on the MGM label — resulted in the group being mis-identified as Jethro Toe! In fact, 45Cat emphatically states that any copies of “Sunshine Day” b/w “Aeroplane” with the band’s name as ‘Jethro Tull’ are bootlegs. Click here to check out the many interesting comments about this 7-inch equivalent of the postage stamp with the bi-plane flying upside down, The Inverted Jenny.
A fire-able offense?
A rare beige/taupe 45 sold at auction in 2009 for £500 ($800)!