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Last Moment of Modern Art?

October 1, 2017

THE LAST MINUTE OF MODERN ART (reprint from Musea)

Can CONCEPTUAL ART be used to end the abuses of conceptual art?

It all began this way. I was walking home from a taco place and thinking about Martin Creed and his Art Prize. He won the annual Turner Prize that goes to the best art work from a British artist yonger than 50. The prize was a check for $31,500 that was handed to him by Madonna.

And what was his art? Now this is hard to even say – even let the words sputter out of my mouth. The reason being I, too, am an artist. I have been one for decades, have studied and copied the masters, done work in almost every media (pencil, acrylics, and colored pencils are my favorites). And I worked hard to have some scope to my art whether portraits, landscapes, still lifes, abstracts, or just about everything in between. I love the stuff. I breathe art. I love to know everything there is to know about art and artists.

So what was HIS art? He got the yard-wide novelty check from Madonna (representing a couple years of my income) for his exhibit of flashing light bulbs in an empty room! (His previous works include a scrunched- up piece of paper and a ball of clay stuck to a wall).

British art curator Simon Wilson notes: “He wants to make art where he is doing as little as possible that is consistent with doing something. The fact that many people find his work so baffling indicates that he’s working on the edge.”
Oh I see. Now I am getting it. Now I am figuring out the “NEW” rules. Creed himself comments, “If I can make something without adding any objects, I feel more comfortable.”

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 from Madonna.

So on TUESDAY 1/08/02, at 1:30-1:40 PM, as I, Tom Hendricks, was walking home from the taco place, I took art to its ultimate. This was the last minute of modern art. It could go no further. 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 that moment marked the end of modern art.

For all information see: tomhendricks.us

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Banned Book Week – How About Banned Half of the Town – Dallas

September 30, 2017

This is my letter to Half Price Books, concerning their Banned Book Week Announcement.

Half of Dallas has been ‘banned’ . The 25 years of my zine Musea proves that.

Dear Half Price Books,

The perfect example of banned books is right here in Dallas.

Since 1992 the progressive arts and media zine, Musea, published monthly,

has been ‘banned’ from every media source in the city.

You probably have never heard coverage of any of our 200 issues

or the musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and indie media sources

we have talked about over the years.

You have probably not heard of the hundreds of progressive ideas in the arts and media

that Musea has suggested to improve every aspect of the arts and media.

The 200th issue of Musea was also an underground history of Dallas from 1992-2017.

Read 100 pages of the Dallas that has been ‘banned’.

200th Issue

http://www.musea.us/Musea200.htm

Tom Hendricks

(musician, painter, writer, and editor of the 24 year old zine Musea)

MAIN Website

http://tomhendricks.us/

Spotify Office Mansions

September 30, 2017

Dear Reader,

Spotify is not in it for the artist. That becomes crystal clear when you see their Ivory Tower Offices.

They are not there to pay musicians. They are there to make profit off musicians.
That is legal to do, but musicians need a site that caters to them, not exploits them.
This link let’s you visit the Spotify skyscraper mansions where they pay about 1 million a month in rent.

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/09/26/spotify-33-million-world-trade-center/

Here is our option to all this:
There is a way to get fair online compensation for every musician (and every writers, filmmaker, painter, etc.)

Pay for Play. Set up an online pay for play service where clicking on a webpage pays a penny or so to access the work of the artist, musician, writer, filmmaker, architect, dancer, photographer, journalist, etc. This simple step eliminates the entire layer of corporate middlemen, allows any artist of any kind to get compensation, and allows independent media to be free of any ads or sponsors.

When we devise a site for artists, and not the streaming platforms, then things change. https://musea.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/revolution-in-arts-recommendations/

For everything, tomhendricks.us

Music Revolution 2017

September 19, 2017

Here is a summary of this somewhat long article; 3 old men control 80% of music. That’s bad. Music revolution against it. That’s good.

Will the music media ever go a week without promoting Bieber, Swift, Beyonce, Gaga, Perry, Adele? The media won’t tell you what is going on in music but I will – there is a music revolution to make it fair and exciting.

The music industry has jumped the shark, we are stuck with only 3 CEOs that control 80% of the music industry, only support the same aging teen pop stars – where 1% of musicians make 70% of the money, and have ruined sales that have dipped since 1999. Where is the music media? What story could be bigger?

Many are progressive on social and political issues, but couldn’t be more corporate when it comes to music and the arts! Don’t allow 3 companies to control 80% of the entire music industry! Don’t turn your back on all musicians?

Who do you support, 3 businessmen or all musicians?

Three CEO’s from Warners, Universal, and Sony control 80% of the music business. They have made it clear that only teen pop will be promoted, and only by the same stars( Bieber, Perry, Swift, Beyonce, Gaga, Adele and sometimes a flavor of the week). The rest of the music world is marginalized out of most coverage, reviews, awards shows, etc.

For best music quality, there should be thousands of competing companies, not three. The quality and variety of mainstream music is at an all time low and hasn’t changed much in 10 years. Radio is just ads and nobody is listening, concert tickets are a rip off and hassle, the music media is just press releases of what they want to promote, awards shows seem fake, online streaming sales never get to the musician, music never changes – always the same few promoted over and over- and there is never news of the alternative to all this). Music sales have barely caught up to those of 1999! Most money goes to a few over promoted aging pop stars. (70% goes to 1% of musicians.)

We also need a music media that covers the other 99% of musicians. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZvMa2f33Wc

Help by three very small things.
1. Pass the word that 3 CEO’s control music and have done great harm to music, radio, concerts, music media, and music online, as well as ruining the careers of thousands of musicians. Just talking about it helps all musicians everywhere.
2. Support the Dallas musicians or anyone else that is actively against all this.
3. Talk to your favorite music news site and ask why they won’t talk about the music revolution.
4. Support Pennies for Play, a way for any musician to stream music for pennies on his website without corporations.

There is a music revolution going on and you can decide which side you want – the side with 3 CEOs that control 80% of the music business and the music media, or all the rest of us.

‘People prefer NOT to listen to new songs,” Digital News (that quote sums up how bad it has gotten.)
https://musea.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/quote-on-music-industry-most-people-prefer-not-to-listen-to-new-songs/

THE TWO MUSIC INDUSTRIES, Us VERSUS the Corporate 3. https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/09/18/bhad-bhabie-cash-me-outside-split-industry/

MUSIC CHART – revenue falling fast.
http://tinyurl.com/zjb9rp2

WHY THE MUSIC ALL SOUNDS THE SAME.
http://tinyurl.com/cqf8ykb

1% Make 77%
Top one percent of musicians get about 77% of the money.
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2014/03/05/toponepercent/

Fact: the Richest Artists in the world make 75% of their money touring. That means hardly anyone is buying music.

Fact: you have to have over 100,000 clicks on your streaming music a month, to make minimum wage.

Fact, one pop star made an estimated 550 thousand dollars for one sponsored instagram post for Coca Cola.

Quote: The three major labels dominate the Spotify negotiaions… – DMN.

Fact: The average mainstream hit song has 4+ writers and 6 different publishers (digital music news.)

Fact: Live concerts and streaming = 73% of revenue.

The musicians you search out on the net, are making minimum wage at best. You don’t want that for fast food workers, why do you allow it for the musicians you love?

UMG, album sales down 15%, download sales down 29%
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/02/24/umg-streaming-revenue/

Let’s bring it home to you the reader – every musician you know is making minimum wage or less from their music. So either support them or you are supporting the 3 corporations.


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