Thank you so much for sending the copy of Dream magazine to me. I am very, very happy with the article. I actually read the whole magazine from start to finish in one sitting - very rare for me! High points were your own art and the Yo La Tengo interview. I think you have a way with bands that surprises them. They get to thinking that every interview is just like the last but there's comfort in your questions.
Glen Johnson / Piano Magic
There's nothing I can say about 'Dream' that you don't know already; it's simply a breathtakingly beautiful magazine, with sublime graphics and a truly enviable writing style throughout. You should definitely take a well earned bow, my friend.
Best regards for now,
Phil McMullen / Ptolemaic Terrascope
It's like a list of treasured things for me (Tim Buckley, Yo La Tengo, Bridget St John, Jim O'Rourke etc...). If only there was something comparable in the UK... It was nice to read something that was so positive, eclectic and had so many touchstones I identified with.
Tim Bowness No-Man / Samuel Smiles
I just wanted you to know that the DREAM Magazine got here safe and sound today. I have yet only had time to quickly look through it during my lunch hour but it looks really great, like a "real" magazine but with the love and passion intact. I am glad to hear that DREAM Magazine is getting the positive feedback that you truly deserve. I looked through it and read some reviews last night. And it is a beauty, no doubt about that. Once again, thanks for the positive words you wrote about the Broken Face and Urban Meadows. It's great to find people out there that cares about the same kind of things as yourself. Keep up the good work.
Mats Gustafsson / The Broken Face
Just received my copy of your magazine today. Very well done! I had given up on American music mags and was reading only Mojo and Q until Dream came along!
Neville Harson / Mandible Chatter
Hi George, I received DREAM yesterday and am REALLY impressed with it. I've been reading it voraciously since. What a labor of LOVE. Or perhaps I should emphasize the word "labor". How do you ever find time to do all this??? I mean the average review page must contain 2000+ words ... and all the great art, interviews and well, everything. Wow. I'm a newcomer to the world of such 'zines; friends have been telling me for a while that I would find great info, enjoyment and kindred spirits therein, and I guess if DREAM is indicative, I really have been missing something. In any case, thanks! So the question that remains is: how do I go about getting future copies of DREAM?
george. oh, i wanted to thank you for turning me on to peter blegvad! i had a little extra money a few weeks ago and ordered the beautiful leviathan book off of ebay and it is INCREDULOUS!!!!!! i love it. so thanks for having good taste, man.
Also, on an odd note, I work at a record store in NYC and this regular customer came in today wanting to know everything about HP Lovecraft and a few others. He told me that he had read about 'em all in Dream Magazine. He really went off about how great your mag was.
Howdy, Thanks so much for the mags. I was very impressed to see reviews of Slapp Happy amongst the more usual (and deserving) indie fare. You have a well-rounded pallette (sp?), and it makes your mag an interesting conflation of subjects and ephemera (the latter being very important to me, indeed). Seeing Tim Buckley, Townes Van Zandt and Piano Magic all in the same issue warmed my heart immensely. Buckley is one of my hugest influences.
HIYA GEORGE --------THANKS SO MUCH FOR DREAM MAGAZINE. MOST INSPIRATIONAL! I WAS SO GLAD TO SEE WORK BY PETER BLEGVAD... I ONLY GLIMPSE HIS STUFF. GREAT BOOK! I'M GLAD YOU'RE STILL IN THE GAME, BUCKY. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.
YRS, JIM WOODRING
Dear George: I recently purchased a copy of "Dream Magazine" -#1 Summer 2000-at AKA Music in Philadelphia (a great record store) and I am really enjoying it. I've already made several purchases based on reviews in your mag (Peter Blegvad, Slapp Happy, Piano Magic). Anyway, I would like to thank you for putting this together and to ask if #2 is currently available or in the pipeline. Again, thanks for a great magazine.
Take care. Duke McLaughlin
It features exclusive interviews with, Yo La Tengo, Jonathan Richman, Peter Blegvad, Barbara Manning, David Kilgour, Sugar Plant, Piano Magic, Terry Jones (of Monty Python), Cake Like, and more. With focus pieces on: Tim Buckley, Bill Fox, Holiday Flyer and Townes Van Zandt. Lots of exclusive photographs, drawings and images. Reviews of recordings, publications and videos of a wide variety. Writing by Stepan Chapman, and Rosemary Patterson, as well as a found art and fiction, comics, dreams, ghosts, memories, mail art, psychedelia, indie-pop, experimental sounds, and noise. An interesting letters section and much, much more.
Issue #1 is available through, Flipped-Out Records, Eclipse Records, Stormy Records, (Dealers please contact Tower or CTD), or it may be purchased directly from me.
For a copy of Dream Magazine #1, send $7.50 (postpaid in the U.S.) check, money order (or cash at your own risk) payable to George Parsons. (Because this magazine is for "Mature Readers" it is not for sale to minors, please include a signed statement of your age.) And mail it to Dream Magazine, P.O. Box 2027, Nevada City, CA 95959-1941. Outside of the U.S. send $12 (for airmail delivery) payment in well concealed U.S. currency.
The second issue features; Magical Power Mako, Hood, Holger Czukay, Magic Carpathians, Timothy Renner of StoneBreath, Tim Bowness of No-Man, Abunai!, Robin Storey of Rapoon, Nigel Turner of Pickled Egg Records, John Duncan, Tony Dale of Camera Obscura Records, Terrastock 4, Mandible Chatter, and Alan Jenkins of Deep Freeze Mice, among others. It is $10.50 postpaid in the US.
This issue comes with a CD of previously unreleased music by the artists featured, including material by: Magical Power Mako, Glen Johnson of Piano Magic, Abunai!, Mandible Chatter, Jeffrey Lewis, Magic Carpathians, Ring, Tim Bowness, Tanakh, Kiila, Missy Roback, Rapoon, Es, Greg Weeks, Alan Jenkins, Timothy Renner, and Norway's Dipsomaniacs.
Before Dream Magazine, there was DREAM, a 96-page anthology of dream-related stories told with words and drawings by folks like Jim Woodring, Dan Clowes, Mary Fleener, Julie Doucet, Steven Cerio, Leslie Sternbergh, Joe Coleman, Roy Tompkins, Dennis Worden, Mack White, The Pizz, Wayno, Danny Hellman, Eddie Campbell, J.R. Williams, R.L. Crabb, A.C. Samish, George Parsons, Scott Cunningham, M. Schafer, John Howard, Tom Appleton, P. Shaw, Jaime Crespo, Erol Otus, Annie Sprinkle and John Trubee. It is $7.50 postpaid in the US, with an age statement.
Here's what Tom Crites said:
Dream is a fitting museum for the nocturnal inspirations of around twenty well-known comix artists. As the title indicates, most of these stories deal with dreams. Some are confusing, some haunting and wistful, some frightening, and some just plain odd, but all capture the perplexing allure of the mind's unconscious interpretation of random neural impulses. Eddie Campbell's My Little Girl Said:, Mack White's The Chuck Carson and Boy Howdy Show, and Bad Spell by George Parsons are some of the more sorrowful entries, balanced by more comical bits by J.R.Williams, Dream-O-Rama and Dennis Worden, The Evil Puppet Dream. The surreal is represented exceptionally well by Jim Woodring, This Is the Meat That Changed Me, Dad!, and Steven Cerio, Pudding Green Son, and some strange nighttime encounters by Julie Doucet, Regret, Danny Hellman and Geoff Gilmore, Coffee Drinkin' Man and Mary Fleener, Hot Jungle Loins, give you that archetypal deja vu feeling. Roy Tompkins and the Pizz use their artistic excellence to craft my two favorite tales in the book, the violent nightmares Where Dumpsters Dwell, and Bad Dream Story. And there's still work by Joe Colman, Daniel Clowes, Pit, John Trubee, Scott Cunningham, M.Schafer, Erol Otus and even more to examine. In between stories are biographical notes on the artists, random dream ramblings, and brief reviews of inspirational listening and reading material. An Admirable rally of artists and their inner and outer workings, Dream is great anytime but especially well read before bed.
Tom Crites/Paniscus Revue/Malefact