I vaguely remember reading that the folk in the cover photo were models just hired for the day. Will try and remember where it was and revert.
There is some info about the child who was Gerald Bostock - see copy below
WHATEVER did HAPPEN TO GERALD BOSTOCK? BRICK STAR MISTERY SOLVED. One of the most intriguing questions relating to Thick As A Brick 2, indeed from where the album takes its secondary title, is whatever happen to Gerald Bostock?. Well, now we can answer that question, because we´ve found him. Gerald "Little Milton" Bostock was the eight-year-old pictured on the front of the original StCleve Chronicles. His disqualification from a poetry competition is the focus of the main story in the paper. Having initially won the contest with the poem Thick As A Brick, he was then removed because of the poem´s offensive nature and his own psychological instability. Of course, all of this was fictional. It was child model Andre C Le Breton who played the role of Bostock 40 years ago. He went on to model for various clothes catalogues, before making a complete change in his choice of career. He ran his own recording studio, where he produced and engineered sessions for bands, most of which were demos. As he himself says: "Nothing too grand". But the main thrust of his studio involvement came in working on his own music. But if you´re hoping that his connection to Jethro Tull led him into progressive rock, then that´s not the case. "These days it´s pretty weird underground German sounding trance, blends of light and dark electronic noise, really", he says. London based, Le Breton works under the banner of Le chAos fActorY, and if you want to check out any of his works then go to www.myspace.com/lechaosfactory. We can also reveal that Ian Anderson tried to track down Le Breton, with the idea of having him on the front of the new StCleve Chronicle. However, at the time he was in remission from cancer and wasn´t well enough to get involved with TAAB2. But at least we now know that Gerald Bostock is alive and well, albeit rather older!. MD PROG MAGAZINE
Hi there nonrabbit! I've been searching for information to answer you accurately with and the best I can find is at Wikipedia. I hope it's alright to paste their info here. The links may not work but #22 refers to page 49 in Minstrels in the Gallery by DR which may be where I read it.
From Wikipedia: The original LP cover was designed as a spoof of a 12x16-inch (305x406 mm) 12-page small-town English newspaper, entitled The St. Cleve Chronicle and Linwell Advertiser, with articles, competitions and advertisements lampooning the typical parochial and amateurish journalism of the local English press. The band's record company, Chrysalis Records, complained that the sleeve would be too expensive to produce, but Anderson countered that if a real newspaper could be produced, a parody of one would also be practical.
The mock newspaper, dated 7 January 1972, also includes the entire lyrics to "Thick as a Brick" (printed on page 7), which is presented as a poem written by Bostock, whose disqualification from a poetry contest is the focus of the front-page story. This article claims that although Bostock initially won the contest, the judges' decision was repealed after protests and threats concerning the offensive nature of the poem, along with the boy's suspected psychological instability. The front cover includes a piece where Bostock is accused without foundation of being the father of his 14-year-old friend Julia's child. The inside of the paper features a mock review by "Julian Stone-Mason BA", a pseudonym of Anderson.
The contents of the newspaper were written mostly by Anderson, bassist Jeffrey Hammond and keyboardist John Evan. While some of the pieces were obviously silly, such as "Magistrate Fines himself", there was a lengthy story entitled "Do Not See Me Rabbit" about a pilot in the Battle of Britain being shot down by a Me-109 fighter. The overall layout was designed by Chrysalis' Roy Eldridge, who had previously worked as a journalist. Most of the characters in the newspaper were members of the band, their management, road crew, or colleagues; for instance, recording engineer Robin Black played a local roller-skating champion. Anderson recalls that the cover took longer to produce than the music.
The satirical newspaper was heavily abridged for conventional CD booklets, but the 25th Anniversary Special Edition CD cover is closer to the original, and the 40th anniversary boxed version contains most of the content from the original newspaper.
Some of those on the album cover were hired from a local Modelling/ Acting agency and that's why I was convinced that I had seen the man before - as a bit part actor.
Here's a Thread from our archives which explains more. It has a video of Ian talking about receiving an email from the now grown - up 'Gerald Bostock' and what he went on to do. Andre joined the Forum on this thread too!
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