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Rendezvous on E14th Street

This is the 12th 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.

East 14th Street in Manhattan forms the southern boundary of Union Square and the northern boundary of Greenwich Village, Alphabet City and the East Village. In the early history of New York City, 14th Street was an upscale location. However, it lost its glamour and status as the city grew northward and became exactly the kind of neighborhood you will find in William Burrough’s Junky the ‘rendezvous’ in question being a fairly obvious one.

This track is a variation on a musical motif from Mongo Santamaria/John Coltrane’s Afro Blue, and was previously released as a video only. Instrumental track with saxophone solo.

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