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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 15, Virtual Item 10, Q410 - Part 1, Music of the Jonestown Express

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_15.10 Part 1


Summary Note

The Jonestown Express performs before a live audience, presumably in Jonestown. Half of the songs are instrumental, and several seem to be original compositions. There are two singers for the other songs, a man and a woman, although neither are identified. The songs include a straightforward rendition of "Summertime". Two other songs - Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful" and Dion's "Abraham, Martin and John" - have been altered slightly. The former extols Guyana instead of a lover, the second celebrates black and foreign leaders who have been assassinated, as well as Guyana's national hero, Cuffy. Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Physical Description Note

Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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