Eye-catching album cover art
Artwork: Cover of their 5th LP THICK AS A BRICK
that came out 50 years ago today, on 3 March 1972.
The original LP cover was designed as a spoof of a 12-page small-town English newspaper, entitled The St. Cleve Chronicle and Linwell Advertiser, with the typical parochial journalism of local reporting. But the record company thought 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 main mock article is about a kid called Bostock who was disqualified from a poetry contest. The article claims that although Bostock initially won the contest, the judges’ decision was repealed after protests and threats concerning the offensive nature of the poem, along with the boy’s suspected psychological instability and the fact that he had a baby with his 14-year old girlfriend.
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