Even in this ever-changing digital world of music, the first track on an album, both past and present, serves as a master of ceremonies of sorts.
Collecting baseball cards and memorabilia is a whole world unto itself.
R.E.M.'s fourth album saw the indie favorites move into political territory, but they didn't forget to bring their catchy hooks.
By 1995 everything was going R.E.M.'s way, yet the band couldn't catch a break.
Long before R.E.M. were global superstars, they were southern boys done good.
For his latest solo album, The Traveler, Rhett Miller enlisted members of the Decemberists and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. Miller says it was the latter who changed his life.
From the very beginning, R.E.M. and MTV's paths were intertwined.
"I realized part of who I am now is that I came from a place of being paralyzingly shy. I've already subtitled this piece 'Watch Michael Learn How to Talk.'"
Nobody can define what exactly makes a band "alternative," but one thing is certain: R.E.M. were it.
Last year, Nuci’s Space started a campaign to restore the local St. Mary’s Episcopal Church steeple, where R.E.M. played their very first show back in 1980.