This is the seventh of a series of 14 short posts which illustrate the tracks from the forthcoming album The Mint Hotel. The songs on the album are inspired by the 'Beat' generation of writers, artists and revolutionaries working from the 1950s to the early 1970s, providing an alternative view of the 'wholesome' American society advertisers and politicians wanted you to see. Each post features a piece of artwork related to the song, created using Artificial Intelligence software; and also an explanation of the inspiration for that song.
In The Great Shark Hunt, Thompson tells the hilarious story of an ex-Hell’s Angel who leaves the calling to become a respectable car dealer in Los Angeles, but after a while can’t help himself lapsing into an on-the-road existence with disastrous consequences. “The publicity ruined him, but influential friends kept him out of jail by paying a psychiatrist to call him insane… People who know him now say he’s happy but his driver’s license has been revoked and his new wife, a jaded ex-beauty queen from Virginia, is a half-mad alcoholic.”
This is her story. Instrumental track with lilting flute solo.