Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

January 29th, 2010

Howard Zinn (1922-2010)I just found out this morning that noted author, historian and social activist, Howard Zinn, passed away yesterday. I am deeply saddened by this news as he was a highly influential figure in my young adult life. I remember my mom having his book, “A People’s History of the United States”, and reading it. The effect that this book had on me still resonates loudly within my personal beliefs and ideology. If you haven’t read this book, I highly suggest it. Another exceptional book of his is, “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train”.

Mr. Zinn was much more than an author to me and I’d like to share important aspects that this man had on my life and Londons Falling. His books led me through a tumultuous time in my life, and his ideas, thoughts, and historical references can be heard throughout the album Dichotomy. Songs such as Breathe, Blisters and Deserted Wolves, are references to his teachings. Robber Barons and Rebels (one of our songs) is the name of one of the chapters in A People’s History of the United States. The song references the rise of industrial corporations and their transformation into dominant institutions, with corruption resulting in both the industry and the government. These types of songs became the foundations of which I had applied my life to be: a service to the impoverished and abject societies. Zinn’s teachings enabled me to truly analyze the scope of life to which I wanted to live and exert my efforts towards progress and change within a society and community. Anyway comrades: read, think, share, and be progressive……

posted by Kevin White