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Athens, Ga., has a long and storied musical history that dates all the way back to the Civil War. So when a young art student named Michael Stipe met a record store clerk named Peter Buck, it was only natural that they put a band together to join in the already thriving music scene in town. After Mike Mills and Bill Berry filled out the band’s rhythm section, the quartet played their first show in 1980 at a birthday party. The following year, they recorded ‘Radio Free Europe’ and took their first steps toward becoming one of the biggest bands in the world. Relentless touring and recording earned the band attention from college radio stations. By the time the ‘90s rolled around, the single, ‘Losing My Religion,’ insured the band’s position in the mainstream. Although R.E.M. disbanded in 2011, they left behind a rich and extensive catalog capable of keeping even the most ardent music fans busy for quite a while.

‘Dead Letter Office II': Our Picks for an R.E.M. Rarities Sequel

I.R.S.
I.R.S.

R.E.M. released their first rarities compilation, 'Dead Letter Office' in 1987. But what if they assembled a similar album for the Warner Bros. era?

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30 Years Ago: R.E.M. Clear the Vaults With ‘Dead Letter Office’

IRS
IRS

As they prepared their jump to the big time, R.E.M. released a handful of b-sides on 'Dead Letter Office.'

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R.E.M. to Release 25th Anniversary Reissue of ‘Automatic for the People’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Details have yet to be announced, but the group said that a 25th anniversary edition of 'Automatic for the People' will arrive in the fall.

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Watch R.E.M.’s Peter Buck in Eyelids’ ‘Falling Eyes’ Video

Eyelids video
Jealous Butcher Records

Eyelids have launched a video for their track “Falling Eyes,” which features R.E.M.’s Peter Buck in a leading role.

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37 Years Ago: R.E.M. Play Their First Concert – Without a Band Name

IRS Records
IRS Records

R.E.M. weren't even called R.E.M. yet when they took the stage for the first time.

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All 73 R.E.M. Videos Ranked in Order of Awesomeness

YouTube
YouTube

For 30 years, R.E.M. participated in some of the most iconic, strange, beautiful, amusing and endlessly watchable music videos in the history of the medium.

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How R.E.M. Threw Out the Rule Book Then Became Superstars With ‘Out of Time’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Gutsy and creatively free, 'Out of Time' did things other R.E.M. albums hadn't.

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Members of R.E.M., Wilco, Yo La Tengo Come Together to Pay Tribute to Big Star on ‘Thank You Friends’ Live Release

Concord
Concord

A star-studded tribute concert to Big Star will be released on CD and video.

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Hear ‘Any Kind of Crowd,’ the New Single from R.E.M. / Sleater-Kinney Supergroup Filthy Friends

Karl Walter / Paras Griffin, Getty Images
Karl Walter / Paras Griffin, Getty Images

Filthy Friends features Peter Buck, Corin Tucker and some longtime associates of Buck.

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22 Years Ago: R.E.M. Drummer Bill Berry Suffers Aneurysm on Stage

R.E.M. Bill Berry
Scott Gries, Getty Images

Before R.E.M.'s Monster world tour was over, 3 of the 4 band members would require surgery.

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