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Classic Album Review: Howard Zinn | Stories Hollywood Never Tells

The progressive lecturer takes on Tinseltown in this thought-provoking release.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I wrote back then (with some minor editing):

 


Progressive lecturer and people’s historian Howard Zinn turns the tables on Tinseltown in his latest spoken-word release, recorded at the Taos Talking Film Festival a couple of years ago.

His thesis: That Hollywood deliberately portrays history from the perspective of the pro-military, pro-business, pro-government establishment. His pitch: A slate of flicks from the working-class, average-joe viewpoint. And on this hour-long disc, he outlines several possible storylines — long-ignored tales of wartime rebellion, grassroots uprisings and labour struggles when the downtrodden got tired of being betrayed, sold out and oppressed by greedhead politicians and tycoons. Not surprisingly, it’s somewhat America-centric, but still makes for fascinating, thought-provoking listening. One word of advice: Don’t wait for the movie.