Classic Rock Corner

The Fast-Moving Mind (and Mouth) of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

It seems that, Gerald Bostock, the noted writer and lyricist, is at it again.

Bostock first came to fame in the early '70s when, as an 8-year-old boy genius, his award-winning epic poem Thick as a Brick was adapted into a concept album by English rockers Jethro Tull. However, his prize was revoked in a scandal; it's all there detailed in a tabloid shocker on the record cover.

His subsequent life was chronicled in Tull's 2012 effort Thick as a Brick 2: Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock? Divergent theories ran rampant that he possibly ended up as a greedy investment banker, homosexual homeless man, soldier, evangelical preacher or simple English storekeeper.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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