Martin Barre came to music relatively late in life. He was 14, shy, gangly and a poor student when his sister took him to hear a rock band. He says it opened his imagination and in a magical moment inspired him to learn guitar. At university, he played in a band almost every night of the week. He was studying architecture and found the people around him and his subject matter uninspiring. Barre moved to London and took up the saxophone, playing in a blues band from 1967 to 1968 when the blues was all the rage in England. He said he had a lot of fun but little success and was at the point of giving up on music when he joined a new band called Jethro Tull. Barre would perform with Jethro Tull for the next 43 years.