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"We didn't commit suicide. We committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world."

31 years ago today, 918 people died in the Jonestown Mass Murder-Suicide. One week later, CBC Radio aired this comprehensive examination[MP3] of the events leading up the tragedy, including cult leader Jim Jones' rise to power, the founding of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in Guyana, and the ill-fated investigative delegation headed by Congressman Leo Ryan which precipitated the tragic event.
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Nov 17, 2009 - 51 comments

 

We gotta love you, leave you miles behind / But if you wanna talk a walk then come into the garden with me / Jimmie Jones...

From Silver Lake to Suicide: One Family's Secret History of the Jonestown Massacre.
posted by scody on Nov 13, 2008 - 12 comments

The Jim Jones Gospel Hour

The music of the People's Temple. Five years before Jim Jones coerced 900 of his church members to commit suicide in Guyana, the People's Temple cut an album. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Aug 7, 2008 - 24 comments

Waiting for Mary

Pere Ubu guitarist Jim Jones dead. Jones also played in The electric eels. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Feb 20, 2008 - 33 comments

Baaallllinnnn!

A new documentary on the Jonestown Massacre (YouTube) raises a few key questions about The People's Temple and mass suicide; yet the most pertinent quandary at the moment (posed by New York Magazine) has little to do with tainted Kool-Aid and instead focuses on an unfortunately named rapper from Harlem. This week, it's Jim Jones versus Jim Jones.
posted by dead_ on Nov 9, 2006 - 22 comments

'We are not committing suicide; it's a revolutionary act.'

"What do we call it: suicide or murder?" An interview with filmmaker Stanley Nelson about his new documentary, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple. The documentary has some never-before-seen footage and features two Jonestown survivors. "I think by the end of the film you feel that it's kind of both at the same time." [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Apr 6, 2006 - 13 comments

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