The US military-industrial complex harbours many, many secrets. That includes a special library of vinyl records and reel-to-reel tapes. Okay, so maybe this library isn’t an official secret, but how many people know about the 22,000 pieces the army keeps at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba? This collection is owned by Radio GTMO, a station that’s been broadcasting to armed forces personnel since sometime in the 1940s, and could very well be the largest music library anywhere in the world of the US military.
And with an estimated value of $2 million, it’s also the most valuable. Recordings stretch all the way back to the 1930s and are carefully catalogued on old-fashioned file cards. So what will happen to this library when the US finally closes Guantanamo? It’s currently being digitized and will probably end up in one of those big Indiana Jones-style warehouses with the Ark of the Covenant.