Musea Celebrates the first 150 Issues
Time for a look back and a celebration!!! This is issue #151 of my zine Musea. That means since the first issue was printed in September 1992, I've produced 150 Museas covering most every aspect of the arts and media that I could think of.
This issue looks at some of the highlights - a zine clip show! Also if you wish, you can read it as a 'brief history of a zine' or " the first years of an attempted art revolution'. [And for you collectors out there (like me), see if there are any Museas you missed.]
For browsers, skip to the highlighted sections in between the issues for a shortened version.
Let's start with issue #1. It's a dark and stormy night....
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#1 (Sept.'92). Musea started out as 'MUSE NEWS", a single legal sheet printed on front and back. Highlights of the first issue were "Interview", an interview with Editor Art S Revolutionary (me), "State of the Arts', an overview of the arts at that time, and the intro titled "Finally an art Newspaper that hasn't been bought off!" "Finally an art newspaper that can tell the truth without being pressured by any interest groups. We at the Muse News are glad to introduce you to a real alternative to the other media. We accept absolutely positively NO advertising. We will not ask for, or accept any government grants. We will not accept corporate sponsors. The Muse News is for artists and art lovers period! ..."
#2 (Oct.) "An Open Letter to the Media" This article asked the national and local media outlets why they don't talk about the problem of the consolidation of the arts and media into the control of a handful of corporations. (See Below).
MEDIA MONOPOLY. Book by Ben Bagdikian. This groundbreaking book was the first to show the dangers of consolidation of the media in the US into fewer and fewer hands. It was a major influence on all the ideas in Musea. It inspired our two main goals: Musea would be FOR the best of Indie art and media, and AGAINST the abuses of the ever growing art and media conglomerates.
#3 (Nov.) "Rock is Over - Wow Is Here", an article suggesting a 'complete and total revolution in music." I suggested we name the new music 'Wow ' music. Now I call it "Post-bands' or "Global' music.
#4 (Dec.) "Dallas Commercial Radio: Rad, Wretched, or Irrelevant? ", the all-about -radio issue.
#5 (Jan.'93) The Revolution in Painting issue - Post Modern Art. (See #66). #6 (Feb.) The Revolution in Film issue. Includes 'Inside Inwood Info" about the Inwood Theater in Dallas, TX. (See entry for Inwood Theater)
#7 (Mar.) The Revolution in Literature issue. Includes "Zine-amania", and 'Man Reads Zine and Lives'. (See below)
THE ART REVOLUTIONARY'S HANDBOOK. (book). 30 page handbook outlining a complete revolution in all the arts. First book published by Musea Press.
ZINES. Though individuals have been writing and printing their own publications forever, it was the desktop publishing revolution in the 80's that allowed just about anyone with a computer - or access to one - to write, copy, and publish their own magazine or 'Zine" (pronounced 'zeen'). The late 80's and 90's was a golden age of literature with an explosion of zines , chapbooks (one time publication) , indie comics, and mail art (art exchanged through the mail). Some major zines - the most important being 'Factsheet Five' , did nothing but review the thousands of other zines available each month. (Also see 'Zine World' entry)
#8 (Apr.) "And the Winner is..." Musea looks at art awards. Plus: "Last Issue: We've Closed our Doors." (Our April Fool's Joke); "A New Theater in the Classic Tradition", Paul Adair opens the Major Theater; and Musea's First monthly Columnist - writer/poet Robert W. Howington.
#9 (May) New 4 page look - legal sheet folded in half. Highlights - photo of full body tattooed nude, Llori Steinberg (also zinester of 'Wormfest' etc.), 'Art Revolutionary Quiz', and the first "Art Surfin" column (then called Random Access - see below.)
ART SURFIN'. This column was by far the readers favorite. Each issue I would look at the art world and write snippets of commentary, jokes, rants, info, obits, verse, and anything else connected to the wide world of arts.
#10 (June) New Regular Feature announced - Cartoons of Berkeley California's Ace Backwords and his comic strip, 'Twisted Image'. Also "New York Art _ Be Afraid!... Be Very Afraid!!!" (Satire of avant garde gallery shows in NYC).
#11 (July) "Shockism and some of its' Best", a look at the literary style of gritty realism meant to shock. Plus, "Theat-Taa, Revolution In" and a Dallas Theater Guide.
#12 (Aug.) Muse News, due to a lawyer letter from "Muse News" a similar named Piano Teacher's magazine from Houston, changes its name to MUSEA. Highlights, "Catalogia" a look at underground catalogues, "The Psychology of Keys" essay on the meaning of musical keys (see below), and music for 'Pizzicato' ,an original short piece of music written for piano or keyboards, called a Bagatelle (see below).
PSYCHOLOGY OF KEYS. Is each musical key so distinctive that one can tell from the key, what the music will be like before listening to it? This essay suggests that may be true and gives the basic characteristics of each major and minor key from A-G#.
BAGATELLES. Short original piano pieces usually composed in a 3 part form that begins with a major section, has a minor section in the middle, and then repeats the major section for the 3rd and final part. (Over 200 of these original keyboard pieces are available, including "Bagatelle Variations" - 24 pieces with one in every major and minor key.)
#13 (Sept.) First Anniversary Issue - a recap of the first year. New column by Weasel Boy, Kevin E. White.
#14 (Oct.) 'Musea Goals', essay on Musea's goals for the future. New column featuring photos from the Dallas AfterImage Gallery , thanks to Ben Breard.
#15 (Nov.) Announcement of the first 'Arts Revolution Festival' at Chumly's and the Stout-McCourt Gallery next door, in Deep Ellum, Dallas. Scheduled for Sat. Nov. 6 1-8PM, Issue includes a line up of the performers, readers, musicians, artists, etc. Organized by Tim Wood, Greg Shanks, and me, Tom Hendricks. All kinds of arts and no sponsors! (See below). Also in this issue: "HouseDallas" the revolution in fashion (see issue #126), and an original poem by Paul Weinman, "Just Because I didn't Leave the Driving to Us, I Got Jailed and Juiced Good."
ART REVOLUION FESTIVALS. These were day long festivals that were open to all arts, with a stage for music, actors, dancers, video artists, and poetry readings; an exhibit of paintings and sculptures, and finally a display of zines. Admission cost was a donation. People seemed to really enjoy these hectic everything-goes festivals. And I hope to develop them further in the years to come. Tim Wood was the sole organizer and director for the 2nd and 3rd festivals. #1 Nov.'93 #15 / #2 April.'94 #20 / #3 August '94 #24.
#16 (Dec.) 'Art Revolution Festival Review'. "Top 10 Architecture In Dallas". First essay by new columnist, Gregory K. H. Bryant.
#17 (Jan.'94) Best Films of '93" Lists. (This begins an annual January look at the best films of the last year - tradition). The Revolution in Dance (see issue #128). Musea announces its first novel, Portraits (see below).
PORTRAITS - A NOVEL ABOUT ART, ARTISTS, AND THE ART REVOLUTION. Illustrated. 140 Pages. A co-op of artists ushers in a revolution in the arts - plus a subplot, about a passionate secret admirer of one of the artists. First novel published by Musea press.
#18 (Feb.) "Anatomy of a Song" Musea's scathing review of the corporate rock, best song of 1993. Original sci-fi, "Vacation" by O. Steinhauer .
#19 (Mar.) "The First Poem, short story by Steve Leach; and "Talk, Talk, Talk" Musea challenges for the arts., "We double dog dare you!!!"
#20 (April) "Dateline: 2000 A.D.: Dallas Becomes Art Center To The World" - main feature (see below). Plus "Lemy Lime' short story, the announcement of 'Art Revolution Festival II' at Chumley's April 17 3-8PM, cover photo by Stephen E. Holland and new expanded 6- page size with BIGGER print. The biggest criticism of Musea for the first 20 issues was the small size of the print!
DALLAS BECOMES ART CENTER TO THE WORLD. Could this relatively new city in Texas, become the center of the art world? Musea thinks so. It's got the perfect southern US location, it's a city that is old and big enough to handle it, yet new enough to be flexible to that future - and, Musea is here and working toward that goal!
#21 (May) "Dallas Morning News Art Coverage - Why Dallas Deserves Better!" - main feature. Plus short story in verse, 'Tosuke's Tax' (see issue #147).
#22 (June) Expanded size of 8 pages - features: 'Art Rev. Fest. 2 - Recap', "There is no gentle blanket under your feet..."Illustrated poem by Sara Hickman, and a new column of original poetry "In the Chinese Manner" .
#23 (July) 'Musea Gets A Record Co. For a song'. 12 By 12, the co-op record company becomes Musea Music. Dallas Morning News Responds to issue #21, 'Forbidden 's Top 10 Comic Book List' (Forbidden Books and Videos), "Art Revolution Festival 3" announced for August, and a new column, "Sparrow", poetry from Sparrow.
12 BY 12 RECORD COMPANY. Before Musea began I had a small record company called 12 By 12. Each recording released was a collection of 12 recordings by 12 solo artist or groups. It was a co-op record company with each performer/combo contributing 1 recording, one twelfth of the cost, and receiving one twelfth of the records made. The first recording was "12 By 12 Vol. 1", an LP released in '85. The last or 6th was "12 By 12 Vol.6", a CD released in '92. In 1991 I also did a cassette called "Tom's Favorites from 12 By 12 (see below). In July '94, 12 By 12 was turned into Musea Music (see #23).
#24 (Aug.) "The NEA, The Dallas Arts District, Prince Charles, and The Bathhouse", (essay). Plus: 'Forbidden's Top Ten Video List', and "Job", an original play in verse.
#25 (Sept.) 2nd Anniversary Issue: "What We Stand For and Against", main feature. Plus: first release from Musea Music, "Tom's Favorites from 12 By 12 (see below) ,"Musea is the Meat in a Media Sandwich" controversy between Dallas Morning News and Musea (see #21 and #23) as noted in a Dallas Observer column; and, 'Art Revolutionary's Quiz'.
TOM'S FAVORITES FROM 12 BY 12. Cassette. 11 favorite recordings from the 59 total recordings by assorted artists from'12 By 12', the co-op record company. Includes works by David Renke, Scott Jacob Loehr, Tom Hendricks, and more.
#26 (Oct.) "Why I Hate Bands, Top 10 Reasons Bands Suck!"(essay); plus, photo by Lydia Clarke Heston, "At the Puppet Show, Spain 1961', and new column, "Nebulous Notions" by Zebulon Nebula.
#27 (Nov.) Announcement and excerpts from Musea's 3rd book, "Moon Tea" (see below); plus, "Visitation" a short story, "Our Next 2 Steps in the Art Revolution!" article, "In Other Words" review of poetry video by Clebo Rainey, and a free Christmas gift to readers - 100 free one of a kind art envelopes offered at the Musea stand in the Inwood Theater (see below).
MOON TEA, 64 page anthology of children's stories and poems. Ten years in the making. Contains lots of illustrations. Musea's third book.
ART ENVELOPES. Someone sent me a handmade envelope from a glossy picture they had folded up and pasted together. I liked the idea and began making them by the hundreds. The best I would save, but the best of the rest I would give away at Christmas time.
#28 (Dec.) 'Orders for Art Revs' (article); plus, "Wrestling the Whangdoodle" by Bubba Dwayne, a Texas tall tale; Dave Somogyi's 'Mosaic' CD (review), "Six Santas" photo by James Lee Soffer, and first Musea Contest with prize (see issue #131).
#29 (Jan.'95). Movies of '94 including 'best' lists from the Major Theater, Forbidden Books and Videos, and the Inwood Theater (annual film issue); plus, "Invaders" Part 1, a serialized sci-fi novel in verse (see below), 'The Ballad Of Willie Nelson' (lyrics and controversy), '94 Rap it Up', article on Sparrow's 5 best rap songs of '94, and the AAC Emblem (see below) ARTISTS AGAINST CORPORATE ART EMBLEM. An emblem devised so that all indie artists of any kind can show that they band together in their support for indie art and against corporate art, by placing this emblem on their publications, recordings, etc. Its final version was designed by Kevin E. White (issue #35). Issue #31 update "The Little Emblem That Could". Maximumrocknroll's Brian Zero writes about the AACA emblem in "Route 666" in their Feb.95 issue. By March'95, 9 publications are using the emblem on their zines. Also these other emblems followed: a no-band emblem - I'm not on that 'band wagon anymore - (#48), a no-rock emblem - its' become everything it started out opposing (#50), an Alternative News Source logo (#59), and 'Un-pallet-able', an anti modern-art abuses, emblem (#91).
#30 (Feb.) "The Revolution in Arts Technology, or How I'll Win The War Daddy", technology innovations and the art revolution; plus "Invaders" Part 2, and "Local Radio & the NTMF" article on the North Texas Music Foundation's work to get a real alternative radio station in Dallas.
#31 (Mar.) "Best Painters: Portraits", First of Musea's Art Guides (see below) ; plus, "Invaders' Part 3, and Brad W. Foster" cartoonist/writer/illustrator - art review.
MUSEA ART GUIDES. Musea began a series of guides to the best arts of all time. They included: Best Painters (in assorted genres), Best Movies (year by year from the 19th century through 2000) Best Novels, Best Poets, Best TV comedies, etc. They are by far the most 'searched for' articles on the Musea website.
#32 (Apr.) "Why the Media Can't, Doesn't, or Won't Tell You The Truth. The Fourth Estate or the Fourth Mistake!" 3 articles on the media; plus, Best Painters: Flowers" - art guide, "Invaders" Part 4, and "A Quiz on First Amendment Rights".
#33 (May) "Rating the 60's Concerts - Part 1" by Woodrow Stock; plus, "Invaders" Part 5, "Before You Sign With Corporate Rock" reprint from Maximurockandroll article by Steve Albini, and "Pickin' Poet Pie" review of poetry/performance CD by Cathy Gould.
#34 (June) "Rating the 60's Concerts - Part 2"; plus, 'Invaders' Part 6, and "Musea Writers Get Nationally Noticed" recent successes by Sparrow, and Robert W. Howington. (See Below)
MUSEA COLUMNISTS. I think that a big part of Musea's appeal is that it brings the work of other talented artists to my readers. A few of those were so special that I asked them to be regulars - columnists. They deserve recognition for their talents: They ranged from the brilliant essays of GREGORY K.H. BRYANT (see below), to the Shocking poetry/prose of ROBERT W. HOWINGTON or WEASEL BOY (Kevin E. White); to the breezy whimsical comic strips of ACE BACKWARDS, to the surreal one-of-a-kind poetry of SPARROW, to classic photos from the AFTERIMAGE GALLERY, etc.
ALL ABOUT NOTHING, 20 essay collection from G. K. H. Bryant (Musea columnist) with his illustrations. 46 pages. 4th book from Musea Press.
#35 (July) "Let's Go Out To The Movies - The Complete Movie Experience"; plus, 'Invaders - final episode' (see below), "On Abstract Painting or I Don't Get it" essay, "Rating the 60's Concerts Part 3"
INVADERS - SCI-FI NOVEL IN VERSE. The entire 7 part Sci-fi Novel in verse - 30 pages. The Crayonettes are invading the Solar System, but why? Commander Mike Mars must stop them and find out. You'll never guess the ending.
#36 (Aug.) "Art on the Largest Scale of All: City Planning"; plus, 'Best Abstract Painters' - art guide, and "Rating the 60's Concerts - Part 3'.
#37 (Sept.) Third Anniversary Issue with 3 big stories: 'Musea Books and Music Distribution Catalogue' (see below), "Readers Comment on the First 3 Years", and "The Merger and the Media" ABC merges with Disney.
MUSEA BOOKS AND MUSIC CATALOGUE - this catalogue offered not only Musea books, music, and art, but some of the very best work from indie writers, illustrators, publishers, and musicians from across the country. It was a collection of great work at very very reasonable prices but alas, things do not always work out as planned and there was little interest.
Works offered from Dallas/Fort Worth artists included those: by Robert W. Howington, Kevin E. White, William Bryan Massey III, Cathy Gould, Clebo Rainey, Tim Wood, Brad W. Fostrer's Jabberwocky Graphix, and Robert Owen's photo zine Shots.
Works offered from Across the US, artists, included the zines: Global Mail, Farm Pulp by Gregory Hischak, Test Drive, by Sparrow, Temporary Insanity, by Kat Jaz, Prove it Pretzel Boy by Alice Borealis, Blair Wilson drawings, etc.
Musea also offered all our books plus these new items:
Artists Against Corporate Art T-shirts - (see #56)
AACA stickers (see above)
Musea Envelopes - one of a kind art envelopes made from glossy magazine photos
Musea Gift Certificates
Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar 4 song cassette (see below)
#38 (Oct.) "Zines Pro and Con" ; plus, 3 Cheesecake photos, 'Native American Poetry' a sampling of Musea versions of Indian Poetry, Musea Looks at TV or "The Rise and Fall Season" and "Rating the 60's Concerts, final installment" (see below).
RATING THE 60'S CONCERTS, Musea's resident Hippie, Woody Stock tells all, about the 60's greats he saw in concert: Chuck Berry, Doors, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Beatles and 30 more. Includes local acts too. - 12 pages.
#39 (Nov.) 'Advertisers Guidelines for TV Shows" article; plus, Best Abstract Painters, and 'Hunk and Pet Dog's First Cassette'(see below)
HUNKASAURUS AND HIS PET DOG GUITAR - 4 song cassette. Recorded at Sumet Bernet Studios on 9/95 with Pam Irwin engineer. Includes remakes of 3 Elvis songs and "The Bugs Bunny Theme'. Voice and guitar only.
#40 (Dec.) "Musea On Newspapers: A Tree is a Terrible Thing To Waste". Special issue including 20 short articles/rants/features (see issue #142);plus, "Frankie Turns 80" a salute to Frank Sinatra, and "100 Years Ago In Musea"(see below)
100 YEARS AGO IN MUSEA a regular feature showing vintage photos (found at flea markets and antique malls) with captions from Musea's past history. (Just for fun).
#41 (Jan.'96) "Best Films and Videos of '95" (annual film issue). Musea starts the Zine Hall of Fame and inducts its first group of zines (see below). Art work by Terry Bouchillon. Poem by Sparrow illustrated by Blair Wilson.
ZINE HALL OF FAME. Musea starts the new year with a Zine Hall of Fame. Requirements for zines or zinesters, are that 1. They are zines or independent publications. 2. That they do high quality work. 3. That they have done work for at least 3 years or an equivalent amount of issues. The first 11 inductees were the Publisher group #41, Jan.'96. 2nd group issue #43, Mar. '96. 3rd group, issue #57, July '97. 4Th group, issue #70, Aug.'98. 5Th group, issue #80, June '99. 6Th group, issue #93, September '2000. 7Th group, issue #104, Nov. '01. 8Th group, issue #117, Jan. '03. 9Th group, issue #125, Oct. '03.
#42 (Feb.) 'English Spelling Reforms' Special issue. Musea suggests spelling reforms. (See below). Also 'Dead Money' an essay in verse.
ENGLISH SPELLING REFORMS. English spelling is a mess. It needs fixing. Musea suggested a simplified spelling system in issue #42. And if that is not the fix, then at the very least Musea suggests calling annual conferences to find a collective solution to the problem.
#43 (Mar.) "Artists Evaluation And Support Agency" Musea suggests a for profit artist review service (see Musea Review Service entry, and issue #132); plus, Doug Holland letter ( zinester of 'Pathetic Life' and 'Zine World') on why he's against ISSN, 'Poems on Painting', and the '2nd group of Zine Hall Of Fame'.
#44 (April) Essays: "30 Ways You Know You're Listening to Corporate Rock' and "Artists And the Zombie World"; plus, 'Love poems'.
#45 (May) Theater issue with "Broadway - Theater of The Absurd or the Great Hype Way" and 'Medusa' (an original play - see below). Also 'Non-cent's Verse'.
MEDUSA - THE FIRST GREEK PLAY IN 2,000 YEARS. An original play I found in an old Greek olive oil jar, then translated into English (???). Gods Poseidon and Athena fight and the mortals are the pawns in their fight. (See entry for Plays).
#46 (June) "Artists Real and Imagined" - fighting artist stereotypes; plus, 'Poems on Nature', "Enough Rope Interviewing Technique" (see below) and '100 years ago in Musea'.
ENOUGH ROPE INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUE. This is new technique of interviewing newsmakers. Instead of challenging their opinion, you accept what they say as true and carry it too far. Ex. If a politician is defending a war that is going badly and everyone knows it is, you ask "Don't you think the war is going very very well with little or no problems?" Then he must either agree and look more foolish, or back track and say it is not going that well. It puts him in a difficult spot where he must not go too far one way or the other.
#47 (July) "Special Report, Who Will Respond to our Media Letter" Musea sends a letter to assorted media outlets asking how responsive the media is, and their lack of response to our letter! Plus, 'Poems on Far Away Places', and photo of zinester, Reverend Richard J. Mackin.
#48 (Aug.) "Scandal; Foul Mouthed KERA Clams Up!" KERA TV (PBS) gets away with late night cursing! "On Thinking"( the first of three installments -see issue #90). Also two new books from Musea Press , 'Medusa' (see above) and "The Philosopher" (see below).
THE PHILOSOPHER A fable by the Musea columnist Gregory K.H. Bryant about a Mule, tired of reaching for a carrot, turns to philosophy. 20 Pages.
#49 (Sept) "Artists On File At The FBI", article on newly revealed files of prominent artists; plus, "A Reader and KERA Respond to our cover Story Last Issue", and "On Thinking" (Part two of 3 - see Musea issue #90)
#50 (Oct/Nov.) Special "Who Is Corporate Art"" double issue. In this 50th issue we look at the (then) 11 conglomerates that controlled the bulk of the arts and media. Then a look at the biggest newspaper chains; plus, "Caves of Mars" , science essay by Gregory K.H. Bryant, and "The Beats" cartoon from Jenny and Serena Makofsky - the Makofsky sisters.
#51 (Dec./Jan'97) Packed issue announces the following: a new publication 'Best of Musea - The First 50 Issues" the first issue of Zine World, a national zine review zine - I am one of the reviewers, Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar continue their World's Only Box Office Concerts, and Musea starts the 'Musea Reading Fund' (see below for all four). Annual Best Film's of '96 lists; plus, 'Cogitology' (Part three of 3 - see Musea #90), and our regular column Hard News. This time it is 100% 'Chumps of the Month' entries - read all about this Hall of Shame.
BEST OF MUSEA - THE FIRST 50 ISSUES. 250 typewriter paper sized pages in a comb binding that is: a Zine, a collection of essays, a manifesto of the Art Revolution, an expose of the media, a short story anthology, a poetry chapbook, a picture book, a handbook of sayings, a treatise on corporate art, a cartoon book, a guidebook to a 100 of the most fascinating zines in the country, a book of letters, a directory to the arts in Dallas, a catalogue, and a news survey of art and artists of the last 4 years - and that's JUST THE FIRST CHAPTER! (Just kidding about that last part). Big big anthology is rare and very hard to find now.
ZINE WORLD This zine review, zine (still going as of 2006) reviews hundreds of zines in every quarterly issue. It was begun by Doug Holland, the San Francisco zinester of "Pathetic Life". In each issue the group of reviewers, all fellow zinesters, offers free reviews to ALL zinesters that send in their zines. First issue 60 pages. Zine World has grown to be the leading zine review zine in the country. I was one of the first reviewers, and have continued to be a reviewer ever since.(See issue #132)
BOX OFFICE CONCERTS by HUNKASAURUS AND HIS PET DOG GUITAR I call this my "Hunk Under Glass Tour". I and my '64 Silvertone guitar (and an amp the size of a shoebox) play mini concerts in the small glass ticket seller booth every Tuesday and Wednesday night, in between selling tickets. As far as I know its the world's first and only box office concerts. I play a mix of half my own compositions and half covers in every genre.
MUSEA READING FUND. Set up in Jan. '97 and still going strong, this fund at Paperbacks Plus Bookstore in Lakewood, allows free credit for ANYONE to help buy ANY CLASSIC of art, music, or literature. 'Classic' can mean anything from an Ibsen play to a classic Jazz recording , from a book on Monet's art to a classic cartoon book like 'Maus'. At its height the fund had about $2,000.
#52 (Feb.) "Open House at Musea - The 3 ROOMS issue: Room 1 Tech Room, (Techreation) - internet cafe and much more, Room 2 Community Hall, - room open for any group to freely assemble, Room 3 World Wide Spider, - net gallery allows any artist, writer, photographer, filmmaker, theater group, performer, musician, to post their art - plus ideas for Room 3b a net newspaper open to any eyewitness or reporter. (These ideas, an art center and an indie newspaper, will be constant themes throughout many issues of Musea).
#53 (Mar.) "Special DALLAS Issue": "Musea's Guide to the Arts of Dallas", the 100 best people, places, and things in the arts of Dallas", (see below); and "The Musea Plan, Dallas 30 Years Forward" - our vision of what Dallas Could be. (See below).
MUSEA'S GUIDE TO THE ARTS OF DALLAS. This Dallas guide showed the indie side of town - including favorite galleries, bookstores, people , and places; from the classic local TV show 'Slam Bang Theater' to the one-of-a-kind fairgrounds at Fair Park. Read about the Dallas that only insiders know.
MUSEA PLAN - DALLAS 30 YEARS FORWARD -TRIANGLE TOWN. A city plan for Dallas that connects Downtown Dallas with Fair Park (the Art Deco State Fair Grounds), and Rochester Park (the largest virgin park land in any major city) in a triangular section of land that becomes an inner city, car-free zone, and a model of fun urban living. Includes map. See #53.
#54 (April) Two declarations from resident musician /duo Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar: 'Hunkasaurus's Declaration of Independence' (won't sign with corporate music), Hunkasaurus's "John Henry Challenge to Radio' (see below);plus, "Cogitology" (Part 3), and "Yellow Poet" short story.
JOHN HENRY CHALLENGE TO RADIO. It's simple enough - radio can play any current single, then I'll play a local song and we'll let listeners decide which is best. Local afternoon DJ Russ Martin accepted the challenge. I chose one of my recordings, " Dallas, This Town Lies in the Future", he chose "Jaded" by Aerosmith (just about the only good single out at the time - tough competition) . Listeners were more 'Jaded' than interested in 'Dallas'. He then had some GOONS tape me to a chair, push me out the door, and stick me into the elevator. Revenge continues to be planned for this!!! (See issue #106)
#55 (May) Musea Salutes Kids - Special Issue: ten short articles on all things related to kids and arts, including Musea's idea for a new type of BLOCKS with illustrations, and the essay, "Why Children Should Be Allowed To Hate Classics!
MUSEA BLOCKS. This building toy takes blocks to a new level. The miniature blocks, doors, windows, roofs, walls, etc. are so accurate and sophisticated in detail that little architects (of all ages) can build real looking houses, buildings, or even skyscrapers. "A toy that, like train sets and Barbie's wardrobe, has endless possibilities for a creative child".
#56 (June) "Catty about the Catwalk or A Damsel In This Dress", Musea looks at fashion and fashion accessories (see issue #126). Also see AACA T-Shirts (below). Plus, Musea enters 500X Art Show with my entry, a protest collage against Dallas Morning News art reviewer, entitled "Janet Kutner Writes Daffy Reviews" - asking price, 1 million dollars. Plus poem by Franetta L. McMillian.
ARTISTS AGAINST CORPORATE ART T-SHIRTS. Light grey shirts from Musea with the rust red AACA logo on the front.
#57 (July) Musea announces 9 new inductees into the Zine Hall of Fame with samples of their works. "The FCC is Unconstitutional " (essay).
#58 (Aug.) "A Starving Artist Stands On His Soapbox to Take A Look At Capitalism" (main article/essay); plus 'Cogitology' - Part 4, and 'Editor Art As an African Mask', artwork.
#59 (Sept.) Fifth Anniversary Issue: "The Sayings of Editor Art" ; plus, '5th Anniversary Goals' (update essay), "Ridicule Me This', protest letter to Warner Brothers asking them if I can name my band, "Warner Bros Suck" and their goofy lawyer response, premiere of 'Alternative News Source' logo (designed by Kevin E. White), essay "Good Art/Bad Art", and "Dada Alphabet - or - 'I' is for Candle' art work.
#60 (Oct.) Musea looks at American book publishing in the article, "The Fall and Rise (?) of American Book Publishing".
#61 (Nov.) Special Issue: 'MUSEA PROGRAMS A TV NETWORK. From the intro:"Musea just bought a TV Network (play along please) and now we need a fall schedule...".Musea outlines a full week of new original TV shows, from "Tugboat", a live morning children's show to, 'Dot', a live weekday teen dance party, to 'Saturday Night at Musea (Art Center)' to 'Soapbox - The Freedom of Speech Hour", to "The Symphony Hour', to the "Big Event ( Live Sun. Night Theater)', to 'Aquarium TV' ; plus specials, new news shows, a 2- year TV college series , "Musea Movies' - a different genre of movies each late night., and more. (Illustrations Dave Kocher). (Also see issue #125). Plus Musea calls for a No-Ad November (see below).
NO ADS NOVEMBER - an annual protest against ads and commercialism. Musea calls for everyone to refuse to read any ads or watch any commercials all day long on November 15.
#62 (Dec.) Musea looks at the Art Biz in the main story, "The Art Of Business in the Art Business', that examines the 14 points of William Edwards Deming, noted business management consultant and writer. Then we add our own ideas; plus, 'Hunkasaurus's Resume', and his letter to Wal-Mart asking them to PROMISE to refuse to carry his recordings too - it'll put him in good company with other Wal-Mart blacklisted musicians!
#63 (Jan.'98) Annual Best-Of '97 Movies, issue. Includes photo of the old painter's palette neon sign that was saved from the Esquire Theater in Dallas. Photo by Melanie Pruit from 'Dallas Arcana', Pruite and Helsem.
#64 (Feb.) "The Box", essay on how TV, computers, phones, radio, CD players, etc. will merge into one portable thin box; plus 7 months and still no one can find a hit in our "Looking for a Hit Song From 1980-Now" contest; with these 3 criteria: 1. It's a mega hit, 2. At least 5 people have covered the song (it's a good song), and 3. It covers at least 3 musical formats (has a wide range of appeal). Editors note - to this day no one has found that hit. This shows me that the music industry continues to be in a real slump.
THE BOX. It is just a matter of time before all our electronic gadgets and gismos are combined into one. Issue #64 suggests TV, computers, phones, radio, music players, etc. will merge into one thin box, 'THE BOX' - and perhaps not too much later it'll all reduce down to a screen on your sunglasses!
#65 (Mar.) "I Hate Zine Poetry" (essay/rant); plus, new comic, 'Koan Comics (see below, and "Requiem For Mom and Pop Stores" a 'sermon' by Deacon Holly Go Rightly.
KOAN COMICS (Behind the Third Door) - a recurring 3 panel comic with always the same first two panels and a changing 3rd panel. In the first a closed door. In the second a balloon over the door that says "Ding Dong!". In the 3rd the door is open, and we see something or someone outside the door that suggests a contradiction, puzzle, or koan.
#66 (April) "Canvassing the Issue" article on the possibility and pluses of mass market painting reproductions on canvas (see below); plus, letter to local news challenging their gore reports. (See #68 and #142).
MASS MARKETING OF PAINTINGS. Paintings seem to be the last art form to be mass marketed and made available to all. Now they are either locked in Museums (with more works stored than displayed ) or they are privately owned and not publicly available for viewing. Musea suggests that the technology is there to take an art work - the original master copy - and make copies so exact that they can't be told from the original. Then either sell these copies directly to the public, or take them on the road in "Traveling Art Exhibits". That way you can take hundreds of painting copies to any small town auditorium anywhere - thus allowing all the world to see, and perhaps own, the very best paintings. Just imagine an art exhibit of all Van Gogh's work, or all Monet's Work in one show in your town!
#67 (May) "Publishing Woes: 3 Bags Full", 3 stories on current publishing woes connected with the publishing conglomerates.
#68 (June) "Guerilla Music - Fighting the Big 6, the Corporate Art Music Companies"; plus, follow up to the April letter to local news about gore reports - no response, can't be bothered. (See #142 and Human Decency Pledge entry).
#69 (July) "Finding a Space, The Final Frontier!" - article calling for an indie space - 4 walls to put down roots for all the arts; plus, "Art Spaces by Michael Dittman, and "Zines and Four Walls" by Alden Scott Crow. (See Musead entry).
ALDEN SCOTT CROW - AND THE CASSETTE LETTERS. I don't know how it began but a correspondence started between me and fellow zinester Scott Crow that involved exchanging cassette messages. We talked about all things art related, with a side of philosophy and personal news. Over the years this collection of cassettes has covered (and continues to cover) just about every angle of the arts and media in lively discussions -a frank and dynamic audio letters series!
#70 (Aug.) 'Surf's Up! The Musea Website is Launched - OR - All You Ever Needed to Know About The internet - CLICK!" Musea starts a website (see below). Volunteer webmaster, Donna Turman sets up the Musea website that she will monitor and add too from this point on. Also the main article of the issue is a newbie's first guide to the internet ; plus, "More Zine Hall of Fame" , 4th group of inductees, and the political cartoon, "Land of the Free OR Home of the Brave!" Also note the cover photo "Working Late" - though looking extremely surreal and cool, was printed UPSIDE DOWN. Apologies will follow to photographer Phillip Slattery! (See #71).
MUSEA WEBSITE. The Musea website started as a reflection of the zine Musea. As it grew it housed over 75 issues (from about this time on). But it also held more. There were special features available only on the website. Two specific ones were the weekly posts to my readers, MUSEA E-MAIL CLUB, and the weekly art quiz with prize: MUSEA ART CONTEST. (See entries for each). Also the website holds all our Musea Art Guides, MP3's of 27 assorted songs and musical pieces (see below) and reviews from the Musea Review Service (see below); plus links and more. Also note there is a SECRET SITE on the website. If you can find and click on it you'll get a cash prize. A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to webmaster, Donna Turman for her time and support !
#71 (Sept.) "Guerilla Theater" - Ideas on how to start an indie film theater on a small budget; plus, an apology for the photo mix up in issue #70 that starts out, "I'd Like to begin by saying I, the editor of Musea am a moron!". Also a drawing of the "USS Musead" , an art center in the shape of an ocean liner (See #144).
#72 (Oct.) "34" - a surreal analysis of the numbers pictured in the 'magic box' in Durer's print 'Melancholia'. This main article is perhaps the most unusual poem/essay ever featured in Musea; plus, "Corporate Collectables: How Much is a Plastic Soul Worth", essay by Davida Gypsy Breier, and a vintage photo for our cover of two dressed up teens (from the 30's? 40's?) sitting on what looks like a carnival painted moon seat. (See below).
VINTAGE PHOTOS ON OUR COVERS. In combing flea markets and antique malls, I find bins of vintage photos for sale for a few dollars each. The best of these , to me , are as good as any classic photos. So I began featuring them on the covers of Musea. Almost all Musea issues spotlight one of these finds. When I can, I try to find photos that loosely tie into the main feature of the issue. But related or not, they have become a favorite of readers. They are not only soulful eye-candy, but a reflection of our heritage.
#73 (Nov.) "Special Issue: Newspapers! - The Good the Bad and the No-ad". Musea tells what we think makes a good newspaper and what makes a bad one. Then we suggest a new direction in newspapers - "A No-Ad Newspaper: The Monday and Friday World News." (Also see issue #142)
#74 (Dec.) The First of our annual Christmas Reading Issues (see below). Includes "The Company Men", what if profit wasn't job one, "A Switch on the Wall, Katie Muffin', 'A Little Incident', " and "Mikhalevich's Speech". Also note cover photo of beaming kid amongst his new toys.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS READING ISSUES (from here on). These holiday issues are designed to give our readers a break from the hectic holiday season , and let them relax, sit back, and read some original holiday short stories, poems, and/or essays. Musea's holiday issues quickly became an annual tradition.
#75 (Jan.'99) Annual Best Films of '98 - Issue. Besides top ten lists, and a 'newsreel', this issue featured the essay, "How To Make A Full Length Feature Film for $5!". Also note the Musea "Summary/Index" , a listing of all the major types of arts, and the Musea issues (1-75) that talked about them.
#76 (Feb.) "New City", "In a quiet contemplative moment, I asked my Muse to help me on this issue of Musea. It's about the New City, I said. 'I need inspiration on what the NEW CITY will look like ... a city that functions so well for ALL its citizens, in an almost sublime way, that it itself becomes a work of art like a bee hive or an ant mound'." Feature articles include "On Fair Park', 'The Problem with Cars', 'Low Cost Housing', Architecture design for a "Flower Tower'', a cartoon from Singer reprinted from the Auto Free Times, 'CBA's - Community Bank Accounts' (see below) and more.
COMMUNITY BANK ACCOUNTS. This economic idea works on fair economic development not handouts. Investors - government money, or private investors - set up a community bank account. The investors get a small percentage of the interest as a return on their investment. But most of it goes to the community, that gets monthly interest payments from the fund to do whatever they think will improve their community. They will set up a quarterly plan that the investors must approve as being good for all and money well spent. Also it is stipulated that the bank holding the capital of the fund can only use it as loans for people and businesses in that community. The community gets monthly money that empowers them to improve their neighborhood in anyway that THEY collectively decide. The money (interest) never stops coming in. It's not charity, nor is it forced change from outside. Instead its stable financial opportunity that empowers a community to improve itself on a monthly basis from then on.
#77 (Mar.) "Lyrics, Lyrics, Lyrics" from Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar; plus, some glamour shots of the musical duo from Jessica Cruise, and Mye Hoang. The 18 sets of lyrics from songs by Tom Hendricks (see below) include "Dancing Across the Moon", "Zine World", "Don't Give Up on Love", "Dreamboat", "We Are the Kernels of the Popcorn Patrol", "140MPH", "Peace Sign" and more.
SONGWRITER - Since '64 when I saw the Beatles, I began writing my own music. As of 2006 I've written over 1300: songs, bagatelles, instrumentals, and more, in just about every genre - rockabilly, jazz, classical, country, blues, soul, bossa nova, folk, etc. (See #77 and #121)
#78 (April) "Rip Van Revolutionary" - short story/satire on Rip waking up to a conglomerate controlled, nightmare world; plus, architectural drawing of "Book Rocket", a rocket shaped children's library, and two drawings from Jeroen Ter Welle (Netherlands).
#79 (May) "Words & Phrases - The New Vocabulary". This issue is a dictionary of the terms of the art revolution that includes: Top Responsibility, Cog Generation, Refrigerator Art, Lawyer Morals, D.I.T.H.E.R. (Deer in the Headlights Response), Invisible news, Mass Market Paintings, Art Olympics, John Henry Challenge, Vio-geeks, Afters, The Museys, Pentalium, Freedom Hall, Art Revolution Festivals, Tommy Knot, Fathead Factor, Gore Reports, CBA's, AACA, Short Story films, and more. Also note the cover artwork "Finger Pointing", a clown points at YOU the reader. Note - this drawing was done by white-out on black paper.
#80 (June) 5th Group of Inductees for the Zine Hall of Fame - plus samples, including a cartoon by Jesse Reclaw. Also an update "We Still Can't Find a Single Hit Song From 1980 to Today', and a cover photo of Duke Ellington by William Claxton, courtesy of Afterimage Gallery.
#81 (July/Aug.) 12 Page special issue "100 First Cool Sites, Musea's Guide to the Internet'" (see below), and Musea Internet Gallery Idea - "Audition for the World". (See Musea Review Service). Plus "New Science Studies", science humor essay, and more.
100 FIRST COOL SITES -MUSEA'S GUIDE TO THE INTERNET. This guide (issue #81) is an intro to the internet with tips for newbies, a look at search engines, main gov. sites, miscellaneous best sites, 'Duke of URL'; best science , history and reference sites; plus, the best sites for the arts: film, photos, theater, dance, music, painting, architecture, zines, media, and more. Also includes Musea's suggested "Internet Bill of Rights",
#82 (Sept.) 7th Anniversary Issue: "Musea Garden" - a virtual tour of a vast garden that , beyond plants and sand, is an architectural garden, a sculpture garden, and an astrological garden with each of the 12 oases = 1 astrological sign. (Illustrated). Includes Art Arch, Moon Sculpture, Bell Tower, Book Rocket, Lookout Tower, an Orchard, and more.
#83 (Oct.) "Corporate Art Update - And then there were 9" Another merger reduces corporate art from 10 to 9 conglomerates; plus, "The History Of Rock and Roll in 2 Volumes - a poem recited to any Venture's instrumental in the background" (see MP3); and, letter to Dallas Morning News questioning their movie rating policy - the problem : few to no foreign films ever get 4 stars. Why?. Their response in the next issue.
#84 (Nov.) "Who Should Own Dallas? Citizens or Big Biz. The Upcoming Civil Civil War" Musea calls for a civil civil war, a lawful and legal, non-violent, peaceful, protest and opposition to, the Big Biz control of Dallas. Plus the Musea Formula for ending the monopoly of corporate art (See below).
MUSEA FORMULA FOR ENDING THE CORPORATE ART/MEDIA MONOPOLY. These conglomerates (there are fewer than 10 by 2000) can either make the art OR distribute it, OR review it, but they can't do all 3.
#85 (Dec./Jan'2000) Holiday Reading Issue: "Daedulus" (an original play), "Wax Tower" (poem), 44 "Quatros"- a new, 4 word, poetry form (see below), "Tragedy"(article), and "Last Notes of the Millennium " - "Well that's it for this issue and Musea for this 1,000 years..."
QUATROS A new and original form of poetry that's even more concise than haiku while being loosely based on many of the general principles of haiku. In a quatro a poet tells his message in 4 words or 4 short phrases. Often the poet compares the first two words of the poem with the second two. Ex: Diamond Sun/ Pearl Moon
MUSEA'S GUIDE TO THE BEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME (3 vol.) - is a year by year look at the best films, directors, and actors, - both classic and 'classic fun' - in all genres, including foreign films, from its beginning in 1894 to 2000. Also to make it more fun there are asides and comments on all things cinematic , throughout. This was by far the largest and most complete of the Musea Art Guides. (See the 3 issues below).
#86 (Feb.) "Musea's Guide to the Best Movies of All Time - Part 1 1894-1950". Plus photo of Tom Hendricks in the Box Office of the Inwood Theater (see below).
#87 (Mar.) "Musea's Guide to the Best Movies of All Time - Part 2 1951-1990"
#88 (April) "Musea's Guide to the Best Movies of All Time - Part 3 1991-2000"
INWOOD MOVIE THEATER Since '92 I've been working at the Inwood Theater in Dallas Texas. It's a beautiful film theater built in 1947 as a single large theater with a balcony. Now the balcony is two smaller theaters - 3 total. The theater , since I've been there, has specialized in Indie and Foreign films. Note the Perry Nichols murals on the wall. He was one of Dallas's most celebrated painters from the 30's. Also visit the elegant bar, " The Inwood Lounge" next to the Lobby.
#89 (May) "The British Dialogues OR The 2nd Revolutionary War" Musea's editor, Art S Revolutionary (th) argues with conservative UK internet newsgroup posters on all things connected with the arts.
#90 (June) "Cogitology - The Art of Thinking". A joint essay on the Art of Thinking by G.K.H.B. and editor, T.H. reprinted from 3 earlier issues of Musea (#48,49,and 51 - see below).Plus 9 quatros (poems).
COGITOLOGY. A term coined by Musea to mean the 'art of thinking. Musea columnist, Gregory K. H. Bryant listed a few ideas for how to think more clearly. I added a few, and then Bryant added more. Together we ended up with a booklet full of tips and ideas for more clear, creative, and insightful thinking. See the initial 3 parts in volumes #48,#49, and #51 or the complete 'Cogitology' reprinted in #90.
#91 (July)"Is Modern Art Either?" Critique of Modern art. Plus, "Paintings to be Constructed in Your Head" (art poetry), and the 'Un-pallet'-able" emblem. Also see End Of Modern Art Conceptual Art Event (see listing below).
#92(Aug.) "Musea Guide: 10 Best Poets of All Time"; plus, "Contenders", "Other Notable Poets", "Understanding Chinese Poetry", and "Gifted Contemporary Poets". Also included, 21 quatros (poems) and "Lover's Leap"- cover photo.
#93 (Sept.) 8th Birthday Issue. Musea's 6th group of Zine Hall of Fame inductees, plus samples of their work.
UNDERGROUND LITERARY ALLIANCE. In Oct. 2000 a group of 6 literary activists came together to start the ULA, the Underground Literary Alliance. They have, over the years, become the best and most active advocacy group for indie writers in the country. I joined soon after they formed, and I continue to work for ,and support them. See more at //literaryrevolution.com
#94 (Oct./Nov.) Best of the weekly Musea E-mail Club Posts (see below). Includes Musea Letter to Napster, Literary Math, An Open Letter to Women, Giclees (a new type of painting reproduction technique), etc.
MUSEA E-MAIL CLUB. Early in 2000,I began to post a weekly article to my internet readers, and to some related newsgroups . The subject was any and all things connect ed to the arts, media, and the art revolution. Periodically I would print a Musea issue with the best of these entries. See issues #94,#101,#108,#123, and #129.
#95 (Dec.) Holiday Reading Issue: "Ranger 330 Sub Atomic Blaster", a short story in 4 parts, about the Ranger 330, a new desirable gun toy and the father who couldn't afford to buy it for his son; plus, 'Piccola, Musea's version of a poem by Celia Thaxter, "A Christmas Carol -2000" - article, and "Alien Flowers" - series of drawings.
#96 (Jan.'01) Two major articles: "The Art Revolution Versus Corporate Art And Media."(see below) and "Saving Private Theaters OR If Musea Ran A Chain". Also photo cartoon "Cy Twombly develops his painting style', and "The Musea Guitar Line" artwork showing assorted electric guitar designs.
THE ART REVOLUTION VERSUS CORPORATE ART AND MEDIA SUMMARY. A fellow zine editor, Vernicious Knid, asked me to write up a single page article summing up the art revolution that she could publish in her zine. This one page summary is a reprint of that article.
#97 (Feb.) "Is There a Dunce Cap Big Enough to Fit Every School In America OR Revolution in Education". Special issue suggesting major education reforms.
ESSAY ON EDUCATION - A MUSEA TREATISE ON EDUCATION REFORMS. Issue #97 was a major treatise on all aspects of education: what's not working, and ideas on major reforms. One of our biggest special issues, many years in the making.
PENTALIUM. One key to my educational reforms is that it builds on a timeline of human history. Pentalium is that history - specifically a history of humankind that covers the last 5 thousand years. It is a different type of history idea in that it goes from the general to the specific. It begins with a basic simple summary of all history. Then it repeats that with a more detailed summary. Then a third version carries the details further and so forth. Finally a few summaries down, we get to a level where just about any details can be added to this history. Perhaps an open source history site on the net that anyone can add to and/or study from, would be the best way to accomplish this 5 thousand year history.
#98 (Mar.) "Muse Murals", 2 full page studies of the "Muse Murals" 2 murals featuring all the 9 Muses; plus, all our regular features and columns.
#99 (April) "Charge! OR The Light Brigade Was Right!". Article suggesting why Musea and indies should charge a fair price for their work. And why that is better way to go than selling advertising , or depending on sponsors, or depending on government handouts.
#100 (May/June/Jul - Summer Vacation)100th Issue major feature, "100 Best Novels of All Time" Musea's literary art guide includes not only the best novels of the west, but: Oriental works, kids books, sci-fi best, and short stories. Also note the cover photo by Mye Hoang taken from inside the Inwood Box Office, showing the back of Hunkasaurus and Pet Dog Guitar, as they perform for a crowd leaving the theater.
#101 (Aug. - beginning the next century of issues). "Best of E-mail Club Messages" including my history of how 2 musicians, before they were Z Z Top, recorded my song Your Love Is True (see below), 'Review of the New Meadows Museam", and more. Also includes 2 pages of 8 "Recent Drawings".
YOUR LOVE IS TRUE/ SAY SO. Single Recorded by the American Blues in 1967 on the Amy label. I wrote the 'A' side, 'Your Love is True" which was originally called "Your Lovin' Trip" (it was the 60's). The single did not do that well, but two of the band members went on to form Z.Z. Top! Rare copies in mint condition are now worth $25 - got one?
#102 (Sept) "Best Children's Illustrators", a Musea Art Guide; plus, 2 pages of 8 "Recent Drawings", first mention of my biological hypothesis posted on the net at www.ediacara.org/~josh/hendricks.html. (see issue #122), and 2 pages of small type listing all the radio stations the conglomerate, Clear Channel, owns. #103 (Oct.) "TV's Best Comedies (A Year by Year Survey from 1947-2000), a Musea Art Guide ; plus early TV photo of "Kansas Mack on KTVH'.
#104 (Nov.) " Zine Hall of Fame" - Announcement of the 7th Group of Inductees and samples of their work; plus, "Code Rings On" a puzzle (see below), "Truck Museums" taking art on the road, 'Donkey Power', essay on a new source of renewable , and clean energy, (see below), and an interview with Al Brumley, radio reporter for the Dallas Morning News.
CODE RINGS ON. This art puzzle with a prize of $19 has yet to be solved. Can you solve it? It's 9 lines of z's - but what does it mean? Line #1: Z.Z--z..ZZZz-zzZz--z.zzZz-zz--zz
DONKEY POWER. Who wouldn't want a source of energy that is free, causes no pollution, and is even healthy for humans. Well no one yet! But a wind turbine, or a water wheel is basically a big revolving door, or turnstile. Why not hook up that revolving door or turnstile (or any door for that matter) to a generator and get free people power when people push through. It may not cover all energy needs, but it would take a big bite out of the bill. The reason the essay was called Donkey Power is that I got the idea from olden days when donkeys would turn a wheel for power.
#105 (Dec.) Holiday Reading Issue: "Ann" a short story about Ann, a church employee who leads a routine and humdrum life. A fall down the stairs is the beginning of a series of events that leads to an important revelation; plus, 'Baba Yaga', a poem based on a Russian fairy tale, and "Sayings" from Editor Art.
#106 (Jan.'02) "Tragic Static", Musea looks at radio: "Interview With Gaffo on Pirate Radio, Jaded" my encounter with Dallas DJ, Russ Martin (see "John Henry Challenge"), "The Rise of the Chains" article on radio station consolidation and more. Also "Some Recent Drawings".
#107 (Feb.) "Manikin and Minikin', an original play of two porcelain figurines in love; plus ,"Whos Who in the Art Revolution" 10 of the most prominent names that are leading the peaceful protest against the 10 art/media conglomerates monopolizing the arts and media. "It's no longer liberal versus conservative. It's big business versus democracy" - Art S Revolutionary.
PLAYS PLAYS PLAYS. LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION! Musea has featured a few of my original plays. See 'Job' #24, 'Medusa' #45 , 'Daedulus' #85, 'Manikin and Minikin' #107, "Red" in #133, and the list of my major plays in #108.
#108 (Mar.) "Best of the Musea E-mail Club" weekly internet posts, include "End of Modern Art (see below), "The Psychology of Art" essay, and "I'd like to sum up the 5 main plays" summaries of 5 of my plays (see above); plus, "Here are some sayings of Ed. Art" and "Quit it!" - artwork.
END OF MODERN ART CONCEPTUAL ART EVENT. On Tuesday 1/08/02 at 1:30-1:40 PM, as I was walking home from a taco place in Dallas, TX., I had a revelation about modern art. Later I suggested that this revelation or conceptual art event signaled the end of modern art . It's all based on carrying Martin Creed's art work - turning lights off in a gallery - (for which he won the Turner Prize) to its ultimate and absurd limits. "And then it DAWNED ON ME. I would bring modern art to its end. I would suggest the ultimate, the ultimate in baffling minimalism. I would get the plastic check (prize) from Madonna.... Where Creed had flashing lights in an empty room, I would ... IMAGINE A GALLERY IN MY MIND THAT WOULD HAVE NO LIGHTS ON AT ALL. And I did. And that moment marked the end of modern art."
#109 (Apr.) the 'Musea Crunches Some Numbers' issue - essay on setting up an all types of art review service as a business. (See issue #131).
#110 (May) "Cendrillon " The True story of Cinderella - part one, with a 'photo' of the actual 8th century Germanic Queen, Cendrillon.
#111 (June) "Cendrillon" - part two (see below).
CENDRILLON - The True Story of Cinderella. A European reader of Musea gave us the exclusive on his discovery. He found a packet of letters from Queen Cendrillon, a Germanic queen circa 8th century A.D. that when translated and verified as authentic, was found to be proof that the Cinderella story we know as a fairy tale, is a historic event! PLUS in #110 a photo of Cinderella developed from a print portrait made of her at the time of her reign. See #110, and #111.
#112 (July/Aug.) "The TENS Issue". A-TEN-tion all readers. This issue begins Musea's 10th year anniversary celebration with 'lists of ten':' Ten Bright Ideas', 'Ten Things Most People Can't Afford Anymore', 'Ten Sayings', Ten Classical Pieces' (to get you started) - a Musea Art Guide, 'Ten Types of Predatory Ads', '10 Rock Operas I've Written' (see below), 'Ten We Remember', 'Ten in Decorative Arts' - a Musea Art Guide, '10 Reasons to have Car Free Zones in Big cities', 'Tennis anyone', 'Ten Great Playwrights' - a Musea Art Guide, 'Ten Cool Things On our Website That You May Not Know About', 'Ten Favorite Albums from the 60's Era' - a Musea Art Guide, and 'Ten Quotes on the Arts/Media'.
JOHN & MARTHA: In the Beatles groundbreaking album 'Sgt. Peppers', the first two songs ran together in a way that suggested a story. I took that idea and began to write musical audio plays - 5 act illustrated short stories. Before I was finished with the first (1970), the Who came out with "Tommy" the most celebrated rock opera - though it wasn't the first either. Since that time I have written about 10 'illustrated short stories". The first was titled "John and Martha". I recorded the music and assembled a cast to sing it. Martha was sung by Karen Bella, and I sang the part of John. For the full list of illustrated short stories see #112.
#113 (Sept) "Players - a Game of Twelves". More Musea Tenth Year Celebration with this issue "Players", a complete an original board game and rule book. (See below).
PLAYERS - A GAME OF TWELVES. The object of this board game (played on a checker board) is to develop and mature during an unknown life span (number of moves) in any and all of 12 categories. Players do this by rolling dice and moving into new squares and new experiences. One player plays the role of a benevolent and all powerful Fate player.
#114 (Oct.) "1,000 Reviews on Everything". - part one. More 10th anniversary celebration.
#115 (Nov.) "1,000 Reviews on Everything" - part two (see below).
1,000 REVIEWS ON EVERYTHING. 2 issues full of capsule reviews on all things in the arts, media, and life. From the intro: "Fasten your seat belts - it's going to be a bumpy ride! We're surfing through all the arts at 90 reviews a minute. Floor it Editor Art!"
#116 (Dec.) Holiday Reading Issue: "Magic Bag" .Cal Dogget, a homeless drunk, finds a magic bag that supplies him with presents for all; plus, two Tommy Comedy Shorts (see issue #130) 'Corporate Tommy, My Last Name Is Not Banana!' and "Open The Door, OR Coup Coup Ca Chooo" (A Tommy Fable), and 10 Sayings of Editor Art.
#117 (Jan. 2003) "Day" , an original poem (and perhaps my best) about the events of 7 days, with each day's adventure starting out in the morning with a routine making of the bed:
"... Make my bed tucking corners
With each blanket more taut
And when I think:
Every crease is as smooth as polished glass
And even a pea would bump up like a molehill
I stand back to inspect it with a squinting eye:
But first from every window, I hear an
(and then that day's adventure) (See below); plus, 8th group of Zine Hall of Fame inductees, more "Best of Musea E-Mail Club posts, and this line tag "Zinesters Always Get the Last Word - Period.
POEMS, POEMS, POEMS. I've written well over 6,000 poems in all forms and all lengths from the 4 word QUATRO, (see above) to plays and short stories in verse (scattered throughout many Musea issues). Perhaps some of the best are: the poem, "Day" (see #117), the children's collection, 'Moon Tea', (see above). "A Bestiary" (see #120), "100 Pieces of the Moon" (see below), any of the plays in verse (see above), or the Quatros (see above).
#118 (Feb.) "Rogs Report ". From the intro: "This issue is a replica of a report from an alien named Rog to his commander Gort. Through time travel Rog visited earth on 2.4.56. In the brief seconds there, he purloined one magazine from a newsstand -'Science & Mechanics', the Feb. 1956 issue. Solely on the basic of this single magazine, he has made this report that interprets all bio/culture on Earth. His comments are translated into English and added to the appropriate cut out illustrations." One of the most offbeat Musea issues, filled with illustrations and Rog's captions.
#119 (Mar.) "70 Film Summaries." This issue featured capsule summaries of 70 original movie scripts and/or ideas for movies. (See below)
FILM SCRIPTS: Over the years, I've written film scripts and ideas for films. In issue #119 I wrote a summary of the 70 best. This issue took 30 years to write! It's a summation of a lifetime's work on movie scripts and script ideas in various forms of completion. They include these titles: 'Osage Murders' (crime story), 'Ooka The Judge' (family film), 'Granddaughter' (gothic horror romance), "Bremen Town Musicians" (children's musical), 'Moon' (one of a kind film celebrating every aspect of the Moon), 'Mondo Tom' (see issue #141 below), 'Hotel Waldo' (comedy), "Mr. and Mrs." (epic romance), 'Tommy Shorts' (see isssue#130 below), and many more.
#120 (April) "A Musea Bestiary". Our salute to animals through a collection of original short poems. Here are a few examples: 'Two dogs/ One fun'. 'Snakes/ play river'. 'The Cat laps/ the wavy water'.
#121 (May) "The Hunkasaurus Songbook" A 12-page collection of sheet music for 12 original songs by Tom Hendricks that includes "I'm Alive', 'Tristan', 'Stories', "Tommy's Got a Song in his Guitar", and more.
#122 (June) "Bio-Musea". This issue contains 3 essays on life: 1. 'Where is it?' (Zoning Laws for Life) 2. 'What is it?' (Or 4 and 20 Backbones, Baked into an "I") And 3. 'Discuss Among Yourselves' (a 4-Word Universal Language). (See below)
HENDRICKS HEALTH THEORY. Over many decades I have had a fascination with life - what makes humans behave the way they do? What is life? How did ;it begin? One internet newsgroup that I have been an active participant in, is sci.bio.evolution. Through those discussions and my own thinking I have developed ideas on the origin of life, how human behavior may have evolved, and even a therapy on how to possibly improve human behavior by changing the food-in and waste-out patterns set in early childhood. Musea issue #122 is a good introduction to all these studies. Also see next entry.
ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT AND ITS ROLE IN THE ORIGIN OF LIFE". (Science essay).This 1 page scientific paper suggests that UV may have played and instrumental part in the origin of life. Heavy with footnotes. Posted in early 2006. Only available on the David Darling Astrobiological website of: www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/u/uv_origin_of_life.html
#123 (July / Aug.) 'Musea E-mail Club' - Issue. Best of the weekly e-mails that I send to my online readers. Includes "#179 - Hunkasaurus gets a song on a national anthology CD, and the cover photo (see below). #170 - Science is male biased and probably 1/2 wrong because of it. #183 "My 2,000th Painting (artwork) - A realistic seascape of 2 jelly fish for the Inwood Theater. Plus 'Home on Stilts" drawing.
LANDMARK MUSIC (CD). This anthology of music was one in a series of promotional CD's for Landmark Theatres ,the national theater chain specializing in Indie and Foreign films (50+ theaters). Besides Nick Cave, Robbie Williams, and other national acts, it featured my recording of my song Stories" from the album 12 By 12 Vo. 6. AND it featured a collage of photos of the Inwood Theater (see above) on the cover, with one postage stamp sized photo in the collage, of me, singing and playing my guitar in one of my mini-concerts in the box office.
#124 (Sept.) "The Architectural Issue: 22 'Groundbreaking" buildings." This issue features drawings and info on 22 of my ideas for original buildings . (See below).
ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS. I love architecture and over the years I've made drawings of a number of designs for original buildings. Issue #124 features drawings and info on 22 of these. They include: 'Musead', an art center in the shape of an Ocean Liner (see issue # 144), 'Hendricks Manor, my giant dream house, (see issue # 140) 'Saturn Cafe' a restaurant in the shape of the planet Saturn, 'Pi Portal', an arch to celebrate pi and mathematics, 'Bell Tower', a tower ringing songs on the hour across the city, 'Book Rocket' - a kid's classic library in the shape of a rocket; plus more - including some sculptures and even a bridge.
#125 (Oct.) "Musea TV Network - The Rise and Fall Season". (Also see issue #61). 25 Original and new TV shows that include: 'Theater World', 'Public Domain Theater', 'Open Call' (open camera for anyone that wants airtime for their talent), 'Radio Hour' (featuring the best of the Golden Age of Radio), 'Scout Hour', program for and by Boy Scouts, and more. Plus "Zine Hall of Fame" - the 9th group of inductees is announced.
#126 (Nov.) "HouseDallas - Musea designs a line of clothes". (See below and issue #56).
HOUSEDALLAS. This is my idea for a fashion house that brings the best of design to all, at reasonable prices. In issue #126 I suggest a line for HouseDallas with over 30 designs that include:' The Model T Jacket', 'The Button Shirt', 'The Lab Coat', 'Tommy Knot', 'Hippie Dress', and much more. Lots of illustrations. "She's a fashion plate - what a dish!" (Also see issue #56).
#127 (Dec.) Holiday Reading Issue, "Dot's Playhouse" plus full page cover photo of Dot in front of her Playhouse, ushering in the fun (see below).
DOT'S PLAYHOUSE. This short story starts as a Christmas story about a father trying to build a toy house for his daughter. Then it grows to a toy house so big it becomes a Dallas toy-filled MANSION at Fair Park, available for ALL kids everywhere. Then the reader gets a tour of all the 22 special rooms full of toys.. And finally its a story with a message about sharing ones toys with others. "Money is most important in societies that don't share."
#128 (Jan.'04) "Musea Dances". This dance issue has 3 main features: 1. "Terpsichore" the first draft of an anthology film of 30+ original short dances or 'story dances' that combine music, storytelling, theater, film and dance all into one. (See below). 2. "A Midsummer Night's Dream Ballet", an outline for an original ballet based on Shakespeare's comedy, A Midsummer's Night Dream. 3. "The 500 X TV Special" a TV Dance Party that introduces a number of new dances and a lot of fun - to be filmed at the 500X building.
TERPSICHORE. STEP, STEP, STEP! This film script features 30 plus 'story dances - original dances that tell a story. They combine music (usually classical music), storytelling, theater, film and dance all into one. They include: "Tin Soldier", "Moon Dance", "Jester", "Tightrope Walker", Porcelain Figures", and more. (See issue #128
#129 (Feb.) Best of the Musea E-mail Club including #202 'Newsgroup Moderator" the importance of a fair moderator on a net newsgroup, "Golden Age of TV Drama' live TV from the 50's, "Soulful Singing" and more. Plus "Musea's New Year's Day Message - 2004'. (See below)
MUSEA NEW YEAR'S DAY MESSAGE - 2004. This single sheet summarized my 2003 year long Musea publishing event. Through special issues published throughout the year, on just about every type of art (film, dance, architecture, fashion design, music, etc.) I brought all my art work out in the open. Finally, I can say with relief, most of my art work and art ideas - A LIFETIME'S WORTH - are out there - there where everyone can see them." (From the introduction to the sheet).
#130 (Mar.) "Tommy Shorts". Summaries of a series of 37 comedic shorts (in the tradition of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, etc.) featuring that rascal "Tommy. (See below).
TOMMY SHORTS. This film series consists of 37 comedic film shorts all about that rascal "Tommy" including "Time to Go To Work", 'Pop's Soda, My Favorite", "I Dream of Genie", "Lifeguard Tommy", "A License to Fill", "Tommy Visits a Sick Friend", "Orchestral Tommy", "Lie Detector Tommy", "Space Age Bachelor Pad Tommy", "Tommy Versus China", "Tommy Meets Pandora's Box, Tommy Finds a Dearie", and more. How can things so bad get so worse for someone so dumb? Laughs ensue!
A -TOM-IC COMICS. An idea for a biographical comic series that explores the world, art, and life of Tommy and his magic "muse" box. Each story drawn by a different cartoonist.
#131 (April). 'Art Questions Galore". Tons of Art Questions and their answers gathered from my weekly Musea Art Question Contests (see below) ;plus, cover photo of the 'Puzzle-meister 1000', machine. Also Musea Review Service begins. (See below).
MUSEA ART CONTESTS. Our art contests have become one of our favorite features. They began as a monthly feature in each issue of Musea with issue #28. Later when I began the website - I switched from a monthly printed contest in Musea, to a weekly posted e-mail contest to my online readers. There is a collection of a couple hundred of these contest questions and their answers on our website. See issue #131.
MUSEA REVIEW SERVICE. I know that the key to careers in art are fair reviews. I also know that indies can hardly get a review anywhere. And I know that advertising and sponsors could ruin the integrity of reviews. It's time for a fair and open review service. Though I had talked about doing one for years, only now (at this point) could I announce that it was finally available to all - though only on a limited scale. Musea could now GUARANTEE every artist of every kind, a review. Musea could now also GUARANTEE a fair and prompt review. In return I would require a processing fee to put the service on a solid financial foundation and allow me to eliminate all advertising and sponsors. In issue #131, I outlined the review policy and rules. Since then I have reviewed and posted on my website, reviews of over 60 musicians, writers, artists, TV and radio shows, websites, magazines, and more. (See below and issue #43).
#132 (May) The REVIEW Issue: 1. '50 Reviews from Zine World', my favorite zines of all those I reviewed over the years, for Zine World (see above). 2."The Fairest of them All", my ideas on what makes the fairest reviews. 3. 'Ten Champs and Chumps" , 5 of the best and worst reviewed art from the Musea Review Service so far (see above). Plus cover photo of the Da-Da- Dancers!
#133 (June/July) "Kid's Issue" with "Red" an original play about a tricky carpet maker, "Poems to Grow On" including 'My Dresser Drawers', and "Older Sister" a short story about a crazy bet between a brother and sister.
LIBRARY PLANET. This was a Musea special limited edition 'extra ' issue - a complete 25 page sci-fi novel. From the intro: "Within these pages you'll find a sci-fi adventure, a gothic tale of suspense, a mystery, a quest, a romance, and a 1,000 libraries to house them in. A story so vast it requires a LIBRARY PLANET! (This short novella stands by itself as a complete story, but it is also an excerpt from a bigger planned sci-fi novel called, "Writings in Science").
#134 (Aug) "Music Summer 2004" (A 120 Song Recording Project). This summer I, as Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar (a 1964 Silvertone), started recording a 120+ song project of half classic songs and half my own compositions . All are done in the new 'voice and guitar' 'post-bands' style. This issue explores the new type of music with these short essays: "Weird Versus Innovative", "Voice and Guitar", "While You're Waiting" - a guide to the 27 free MP3's on the Musea website (see below), "Putting the Roll Back In (to Rock and Roll)", "Songs Recorded so Far", "Wanted A Piano Player", and "My Discography" (see below).
POST BANDS MUSIC. It's a music that challenges the 40 year 'band' tradition with something new. Post-bands music is back to basics music, that reintegrates melody with rhythm. It is music that is more intense, intimate, and personal. It's also a protest against over produced, and corporate controlled music. It can be played anywhere, by anyone. And it builds on rock and roll to become a more GLOBAL Music open to all everywhere.
MP3 - ASSORTED RECORDINGS. The Musea website contains 27 MP3's that anyone can download and share. It is a wide assortment of music that includes: "Heartbreak Hotel" and 3 other voice and guitar recordings, "Dallas" and "Stories" two of my single records, "Fractured Beethoven", "Skating", and other keyboard bagatelles, Signal", "The Happy Flea Part 2" and other synthesizer jazz improvisations, 'Love is Forever" and 'Angel', two songs by talented friends from the 12 By 12 Series, and more.
HUNKASAURUS AND HIS PET DOG GUITAR RECORDING PROJECT. Over the years I've developed a song list of over 120 songs - half originals and half classics. Since '04 I have started recording this group of songs in the 'voice and guitar' style. Hopefully when finished it'll not only be a collection of good single songs, and a nice series of CDs, but a single collection - a conceptual art event, a 120+ song cycle, that explores just about every way one can sing, and play a standard guitar . (Audio engineer, the very talented, Pamela M. Irwin). Stay TUNED.
TOM HENDRICKS DISCOGRAPHY: Before starting the 120+ song Hunkasaurus recording project, I had done a number of recordings. This discography (from issue #134) lists them. They include "Your Love Is True/Say So" ('67) (see below), singles/45's: "A Hit Song/You" ('78), "DeskClerk/Others Like You", note the 'b' side is sung by Joy Tarver (''79), "Stars Moon and Sun/ Through My Window" ('82). Plus, "John And Martha - A 5 Act Illustrated Short Story" ('84), assorted singles from the 12 By 12 Co-op Record Company recordings ('85-95) , "Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar - 4 song cassette ('95), and the Landmark Music CD ('02).
#135 (Sept.) "Modern Art" This issue starts with a reprint from #108 "The Last Minute of Modern Art - Can Conceptual Art be used to end the abuses of conceptual art?", an essay about the exact moment when modern art ended (?) on 1/08/02. Then in "Next" suggestions for the art that replaces modern art, and finally "My World Of Art", where I talk about all things art related. Including how I came to own a Renoir (see below).
TOMMY'S RENOIR. Yes I own an original Renoir. But wait - it was not an expensive purchase (though I had to pay the $110 purchase price over many months at $10 a month). Instead it is a 'restrike' print, that is a print taken after the artist's death (that's why the price is so low). The piece is titled "Le Chapeau Epingle" from 1894. It shows one girl pinning a bonnet on another - and is quite charming and elegant.
30 -CD BY HUNKASAURUS AND HIS PET DOG GUITAR. From the intro: "Welcome to this special issue of my zine Musea (Oct). It's composed of a single CD of 30 songs called "30" by Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar (alias Tom Hendricks and my 1964 Silvertone standard guitar). It includes about half originals ("Stories", "Zine World", "Tristan and Isolde", Ballad of Willie Nelson" "Dancing Across the Moon", "AOL", "Searching", "Tommy's Got a Song"), and half covers (Last Train To Clarksville, Wooden Heart, Help, Mrs. Brown", "Downtown" , "I'm the Man Down There". It also contains original instrumentals such as "Grey Green Eyes, "Pegasus", and "100% Groovy". Audio Engineer, Pamela M. Irwin. Cover photo , "Inwood Box Office" by Mye Hoang.
#136 (Nov.) "The Best of Musea E-mail Club" includes articles on 1. "First Some Big News" on the release of my new CD (and first post-bands music CD) "30" by H and PD (see above.). 2. 'One for Our Side" I receive a check for $13.88 from a class action suit against the major record companies. 3. 'Remembering Jenny'. A car accident took away noted zinester and good friend of Musea, Jenny Makovsky and I tell why I will miss her. 4. "In Sonnet Form" a sonnet on writing sonnets, and more.
#137 (Dec./Jan.'05) Holiday Reading Issue with the short story "Aliens", aliens land and explore earth during Christmas with interesting results... on them! Note that at the end the two aliens leave earth for space, to view a supernova explosion. And coincidently (?) 2 weeks after this was written there was indeed a rare explosion in the sky with a massive release of gamma radiation, seldom seen!
#138 (Feb.) "Reprints of Some Favorites from the First 50 Issues of Musea" - for those that missed them. Includes "Lemy Lime" a short story about scientific integrity versus big biz advertising, "Enough Rope Interviewing Technique '(see above),"On Abstract Painting or "I Don't Get it" (essay), "Dallas Becomes Art Center to the World' (essay and hope for the future), "Keys" essay on the psychology of musical keys), "And the Winner Is", Musea looks at phony awards, "I Followed the Two, The Teacher and Student" poem, and more. (Also note the comedic but real life cover photo, "Aunt Irma is not used to Champagne Dear").
#139 (Mar.) "Engine Room On the Moon" special kids book issue. This issue was a single poem with accompanying photos and illustrations about the Engine Room on the Moon. "Deep in the Moon / Is an engine room/ Mechanical wurring/ turbines turn/..."
#140 (April/May) "Dream House" Issue This is my dream house, 30 years in the making. (See below).
DREAMHOUSE. Issue #140 was all about my dream house, 30 years in the making. The giant building is not only a private home, but a concert hall, theater stage, art gallery, hotel, children's playhouse, movie theater, office complex, meeting room, museum, library, chapel, workshop, meditation room, lookout tower, cafe-nightclub-lounge-soda shop, storage facility, recording studio, and Laundromat. Also note that on floor two, there's a dollhouse of the entire home in miniature! 9 floors full - It's open house - come on in and visit Hendricks Manor! Heavily illustrated with floor plans and drawings of main features.
#141 (June) "Lights! Camera! Screenplay". This issue is the latest draft of the movie "Mondo Tom" or "Home Movies". (See below).
MONDO TOM. This is a script to a new type of film that is a sampler of all my work, (all the best chocolates): an art bio, a gallery showing, a documentary, anthology, musical, comedy and more. It's also a good intro to all things Musea.
#142 (July) "Newsland". In this issue Musea suggests a better newspaper than the dailies we have now. (See below). Next a list of what our paper WON'T do, (and other papers shouldn't be doing now). And finally Musea prints and signs a "Human Decency Pledge". (See below).
NEWSLAND. A NEW TYPE OF NEWSPAPER printed twice a week instead of daily - with no ads allowed. The emphasis is on news not gore reports. The first sections are divided into geographical areas to cover ALL the world news (Europe, Asia, Africa, etc.). Then special pages on science, arts, government, business AND labor, etc. And finally a sizable editorial section. About 20 pages long. (See issues #142 and #73).
HUMAN DECENCY PLEDGE. Musea asked other media outlets to sign the Human Decency Pledge, the pledge that I wrote and gladly signed. It's straightforward enough. It states that WHENEVER POSSIBLE that media outlet would not show pictures of wounded and bleeding people, or pictures of people being killed, or the corpses of people at the scenes of violence or accidents, etc. No media outlet local or national would sign it. (10 were asked) .
#143 (Aug/Sept.) "100 Pieces of the Moon" This special, big sized, 19-page book is a salute to the Moon (see below).
100 PIECES OF THE MOON. Full sized, 19-page book is an issue dedicated to the Moon with an anthology of original stories, poems, lots of illustrations, even a Moon bookmark. One of our most popular issues. (And long overdue. It's about time we salute our beautiful and mysterious Moon.) Also see #119 for the movie script, "Moon".
#144 (Oct./Nov.) "Musead". Here are plans for the world's largest art center - all designed in the shape of a thirties era Ocean Liner - and set down in dry-dock in the inland city of Dallas! Tour the ship floor by floor and see all the theaters, libraries, concert halls, galleries, and much much MUCH, more. (See the companion piece #150, and the entry, Musead Art Center below)
"NEXT". CD BY HUNKASAURUS AND HIS PET DOG GUITAR. This is the 2nd CD of H. and P.D., in the post bands style. 'Next' has 17 songs, a mix of originals, "Shake, Shout, and Go', "140 MPH", 'I'm Alive", "Grand Sweep"; and covers, "For Pete's Sake", "Anytime at All, Secret Agent Man", "That Means a Lot", "Sleepwalk", 'Windy" and more. Audio Engineer, Pamela M. Irwin. Cover photo , "Inwood Box Office 2" by Mye Hoang.
HUNKASAURUS.COM Website set up to offer both Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar's CD's ("30" and "Next") as free MP3 files to share. Set up and maintained by webmaster, Matthew Creed - a big thanks for all your work!
#145 (Dec. Jan.'06) Holiday Reading Issue: "Mr. Weebler's Encounter". In this short story, toy store manager, Mr. Weebler, has to deal with unruly customers , an mercurial boss, and two Santas - one of which just happens to be the real deal! Complications ensue!
PUBLICITY. Perhaps the best publicity I have received for either my zine Musea or my music is the Texas Highways article of Jan.'06, "Guitars and Movie Stars". Other publicity over the years includes mention in Utne Reader, The Joe Bob Report, Eye, Factsheet Five, Maximumrocknoll, BlackBook, Dallas Observer, and Dallas Morning News. etc. But by far the biggest boon to me has been the 100's of reviews from fellow zinesters from across the country. It's that network of zines reviewing zines that has done more to support and publicize Musea and Hunkasaurus, than all the rest combined.
#146 (Feb.) "The Sayings of Editor Art". Special booklet issue (see below)
THE SAYINGS OF EDITOR ART - The Wit and the Half Wit. This little 17 page book contains a collection of 100's of my sayings plus 9 self portraits. "Nowadays being 1 in a million means there's 6,000 just like you." Another favorite of readers. #147 (Mar.) "Tosuke's Tax". A reprint of my original poem/story based on a tale of the wise old judge of Ancient Japan, Ooka. Dedicated to "all Katrina survivors, and the people who took them in". First printed in issue #21.
#148 (April) "Swanella and the Doll". Musea's original version of the classic ballet, "Coppelia" with a full page cover photo of the stunning mechanical doll, Coppelia.
SWANELLA AND THE DOLL. I took the basic story of the classic ballet "Coppelia", and simplified it, built up the characters, tightened up the plot, and finally - gave the dancers lines to say - thus integrating theater with ballet. See if it worked. See issue #148.
#149 (May) 'Art Exhibit Issue" Special 33-page mini-size booklet with 30 original paintings/drawings. An art exhibit in book form.(See below). "I'm drawn to art."
ART WORK. Issue #149 (an art exhibit in book form) was the first issue of Musea to exclusively highlight my art work. (Illustrations and assorted art works are in almost every issue). It showed 30+ artworks in just about every subject matter and style: portraits, landscapes, still-lifes - realism to abstracts and more. I love art, 'I'm drawn to it", and have been painting and drawing for over 30 years with well over 2,500 works. Some of the innovations include: drawings that are photocopied and then colored in with colored pencil ( a sort of modern day one-of-a-kind print process), bookmarks as one-of-a-kind art works, and hand made envelopes (see above).
WIKIPEDIA ENTRY. By June 2000 there was an entry for me, 'Tom Hendricks', in the online, open source, encyclopedia, Wikipedia. That month it was challenged by some as being inappropriate. After a rewrite with more documentation, and discussion from numerous people, the decision was to "keep" the entry.
MYSPACE.COM. Musea has two Myspace.com sites. 1. For Musea at myspace.com/Musead. And 2. For my music at myspace.com/hunkasauruscom. Friends are welcome to link up.
#150 (June) "Art Center , Plan B". A plan for a down-to-earth and workable multi-use art center-store-library that supports all arts and artists in a fair and open way. There would be 3 main sections - a performance room, an art store, and a classic art library. (See below and issue #144)
MUSEAD ART CENTER. 'THE OCEAN LINER' AND 'PLAN B'. Throughout Musea I have talked about building an all-arts art center. These ideas culminated in two issues: Issue #144 where I let my imagination go wild and envisioned a huge art center with the works - all designed as a massive ocean liner, 'USS MUSEAD'; and Issue #150 a more workable start-up art center, "Plan B", that does almost all the same things but on a much scaled down version. The time for such a world art center is long overdue! Check out both issues.
#151 (July/Aug/Sept) "Celebrating the First 150 Issues". This 'summer' issue is a guide to the first 150 issues of Musea.You're reading it now! It's limited to 150 copies (one for each of the 150 issues of Musea). You've got one so hang on to it!
THIRDS. (Coming soon). Third CD of Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar with 14 more songs in the 'voice and guitar', post-bands style. Should be released towards the end of '06. Stay 'Tuned' and - STAY TUNED for more Museas.
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(Note any issue that you missed and would like - let me know. Most will be $10 each.) This issue, #151 is the JULY/AUGUST/SEPTEMBER/and maybe/OCTOBER '06, triple+ month issue.
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