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Rev. Jim Jones -
- The Rev. Jim
The People's Temple Choir LP
A Mint Condition,
(still shrink wrapped) copy
of this Extremely Rare music album.
Released in 1973,
while Jim Jones' church
was still located in California,
this is a haunting record
from a group of people
who committed Mass Suicide
in Guyana in 1978.
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2. Walking With You Father
3. Set Them Free
4. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
5. Hold On, Brother
6. Down From His Glory
1. He's Able
2. Something Got A Hold Of Me
3. Because Of Him
4. Simple Song Of Freedom
5. Black Baby
6. Will You?
(May 13, 1931 - November 18, 1978) Jim Jones was the leader of
the Peoples Temple, a Christian-based cult movement that came
to a tragic halt in the late 1970's, due to what many refer to
as the "mass suicide" of Jones' entire congregation.
A charismatic, resourceful man, Jones had raised funds for his
cause in the 1950's by becoming a door-to-door pet monkey salesman.
He had initially garnered respect in the public eye for his ideals
of racial equality, but brows were soon raised by his increasingly
Communist views and the orchestrated "healings" at
his theatrical revivals. In an effort to isolate themselves,
the group migrated to Guyana in 1977 and established "Jonestown,"
named after their leader; (who often claimed to be an incarnation
of God, Jesus, Akhenaten, Buddha, Lenin, and Father Divine.)
Jones was into mind control, and he suffered from intense paranoia
- which was no doubt agitated by his ritual abuse of LSD and
marijuana. He controlled his followers with an iron fist and
publicly punished any dissenters. He would stage sex acts performed
upon him in front of the other members of the Peoples Temple.
His audience included the kids, who were given LSD and mushrooms;
made to witness the shows through a psychedelic haze.
In November 1978, U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan led a fact-finding
mission to the Jonestown settlement after allegations by relatives
in the U.S. of human rights abuses. An attempt was made on Ryan's
life and he attempted to flee with roughly twenty People's Temple
members who wished to leave. As they were boarding planes at
the airstrip, a truckload of Jones' armed guards arrived and
began to shoot at them, leaving 5 dead, including the Congressman.
Later that same day, Jim Jones put his final solution into effect.
909 of the remaining inhabitants of Jonestown, 276 of them children,
died in what has commonly been labeled a mass suicide, although
many who died were murdered. While some followers obeyed Jones'
instructions to commit "revolutionary suicide" by drinking
cyanide-laced cherry flavored Flavor Aid, others died by forced
cyanide injection or by shooting. Jones was found dead sitting
in a deck chair with a gunshot wound to the head.