Posts Tagged ‘Dallas’

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

Tom Hendricks

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

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Rock Band Challenge 2017

September 19, 2017

Challenge to all rock bands in 2017.

So, you’ve had 50 years to do rock better than those in the 50s and 60s. Let’s see what you’ve got.

First listen to this 2017 cover of the classic hit, 25 or 6 to 4, originally recorded by the rock band Chicago in 1969. Then show me something better. Rock bands you’ve had 50 years to improve, so show me something better.

This cover is by Leonid & Friends, a band from the Ukraine. I don’t know this band, but it is my contention that hardly any rock band today has recorded a better rock classic with a better arrangement than what Chicago did in 1969 and Leonid and Friends covered virtually note for note in 2017. By using their version the tune has a tech update so it can compete on the same tech quality as anything recorded this year.

My contention is that rock has not gotten better, and it’s time for a change, a revolution in music. See Musea.

This is NOT saying that musicians today are not talented. They are for sure. My Big List, the first list of the best music of the entire internet and the world, proves that with 200+ examples. But it also proves that the same rock band format has not improved in 50 years, and the best musicians are those that are trying new music, or at least recreating the spirit of the original musicians exactly.

So to rock bands in 2017 who disagree, accept my challenge, and show me your band recording. Show me an original that is a better song, arrangement, and performance.

Tom Hendricks,

(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

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Connects to all the following:

ZINE, MUSEA, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on ROCKETBOOM)

MUSIC, HUNKASARUS, 9 full CD’s of free Postism Music)

BLOG for MUSEA, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail etc.)

BOOK PAGE Amazon (all 6 books + author info. )

YOUTUBE CHANNEL, features all my 73 videos)

“The BIG MUSIC LIST (200+ Song – First Worldwide Best Music, List)

Here are 200+ great tunes you have probably not heard, in all genres, from all over the world – all great songs, that stand out – not fit in.

200th Issue of MUSEA

WIS, Writings in Science, reviews of my sci-fi novel

CENSORED ART NEWS article of 27 media censored art issues.

Letter to Mary Anne Alhadeff

September 7, 2017

Letter to Mary Anne Alhadeff

To Mary Anne Alhadeff
President and CEO of North Texas Public Broadcasting.

Will not support KERA or KXT. Will ask my readers to not support them too.

For 25 years you have gone out of your way to block all the news and progressive ideas and innovative artists of every kind from Dallas, Texas, and across the country.

You have blocked news of the issues covered by the Dallas zine Musea, a publication in print and online about the arts and media since 1992.

You have blocked the thousands of Dallas musicians, painters, filmmakers, writers, we have supported.

You have blocked the media innovations we have advocated.

You have blocked the progressive ideas we have printed about in the arts and media in Dallas, and across the country.

You have blocked coverage of most serious arts and media issues.

This link is 200 pages of other reasons, in this history of Dallas art and media since 1992.

Tom Hendricks
Editor of Musea

Texas Music Office – and Big List

July 21, 2017

Letter to Texas Music Office 7/21/2017

TMO, you cover Texas Music news. Cover the Big List, the first, best music of the entire internet, music list – devised by the Dallas zine Musea, publishing for 25 years . This is a one of kind first in music. This is not too progressive for you guys like my TeXas Video Showdown, so it is safe enough to talk about, and report on.
Remember you don’t have to approve the message, just allow the discussion, or report the news. This link tells much more about the Big LIst ( also see )

Dallas Main St, a Pedestrian Walkway

June 30, 2017

Want to revitalize all of downtown Dallas in a way that helps everyone in the city and costs little to nothing?

My suggestion, written about in my zine Musea and recapped below, would do that in one step.

Make Main Street a pedestrian walkway – that’s it.

Before you read the recap, an update. I think I can make this one street walkway without cars, world class through a simple architectural addition. Here goes.

Norman Foster added a roof to the great court at the British Museum that is flat out wonderful – and so simple and elegant. It is a roof of steel and glass that covers the smaller buildings below and the spaces between them.

My idea is to set up cement posts all along Main Street, and top them with a concave vault of steel and glass inspired by Foster’s work at the British Museum. This ceiling would cover the entire street. Gradually all of Main Street would have a roof that would let in the sunshine, keep out the rain, and make the temperature for those walking under it, mild all through the year. That would also make Main Street in Dallas, a world class architectural statement!

Now, as promised. Here is the recap of the Main Street – Pedestrian Walkway, idea.

Make Main Street a no-car, pedestrian walkway from Downtown through Deep Ellum to Fair Park. Then take it the other way, across the Trinity River on a pedestrian bridge to one of the main roads in Oak Cliff. Later you can keep it going as far as you like in both directions, and/or you could add the streets next to Main.

Be sure to add these features that would make it all the better: police walking on patrol or on bikes, some lunch wagons here and there, and some electric carts to move people up and down the Pedestrian Walkway.

With this one step you’ve got a new Dallas, and a one of a kind US city. You’ve also got a world attraction for tourists.

This would be the Dallas version of San Antonio’s “Riverwalk” but with a walkway not a waterway. It would tie in all the neighborhoods mentioned, revitalize all of them, and make a reason for people to go, shop, explore, celebrate, and live, downtown/Deep Ellum/Fair Park/Oak Cliff.

This would also help get traffic and pollution out of downtown by reducing traffic in downtown. Dallas City Government you should make it clear that cars can come to downtown, or go around downtown, but they are no longer allowed to go through downtown! We don’t need that stalled traffic polluting up Main and the side streets.

Sadly the chance this would come to pass is slim, in the present city atmosphere. There is no billionaire developer pushing for his own single downtown revitalization project, and without that seldom does the city government act.

But this is worth the change. This step would help all of the real estate on Main, all the real estate on the two roads on either side of Main, and from there as this developed, the benefits would flow out to all downtown, Deep Ellum, Fair Park, Oak Cliff and beyond.

Think big fog Big D!

City (collage.)

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