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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.

Watch Members of Wilco, R.E.M. and Yo La Tengo Cover Big Star’s ‘Third’

Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images
Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

A veritable alternative all-star team performed songs from Big Star's landmark 1978 album, 'Third,' at a tribute concert in California.

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33 Years Ago: R.E.M. Release Their Subversive and Immersive Debut, ‘Murmur’

Paul Natkin
Paul Natkin

Long before they lost their religion, R.E.M. emerged from the indie underground with a haunting sound that blends folk, post-punk and garage rock into something ethereal.

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32 Years Ago: R.E.M. Help Kickstart Alt-Country With Their Second Album, ‘Reckoning’

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Chris Walter, Getty Images

Tasked with following up their landmark debut, R.E.M. went looser and a little towards the heartland with their hugely influential 1984 effort, 'Reckoning.'

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Wilco, R.E.M. Members Will Play Big Star’s ‘Third’ in Full at Upcoming Tribute Concert

Big Star
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Big Star's Jody Stephens has planned another tribute concert to the power-pop outfit's 'Third/Sister Lovers,' and Jeff Tweedy, Mike Mills and more will make appearances.

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Listen to Kevin Devine’s Acoustic Cover of R.E.M.’s ‘Imitation of Life’

Kevin Devine
Michael Nika

Devine's R.E.M. cover will appear as the B-side on his forthcoming split single with Brand New's Jesse Lacey.

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Peter Buck on R.E.M.’s Breakup: ‘I Hate the Business + I Didn’t Want to Have Anything to Do With It’

Peter Buck
Paras Griffin, Getty Images

"We got together, and Michael said, ‘I think you guys will understand. I need to be away from this for a long time,’" Buck recalled. "And I said, ‘How about forever?’"

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25 Years Ago: R.E.M. Lose Their Religion and Find Superstardom With ‘Out of Time’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Just as alternative music started to rise from the indie underground into the mainstream, R.E.M. rode the wave to rock radio ubiquity.

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A Joyful Noise: Brand New’s Jesse Lacey Delivers Stripped-Down Cover of R.E.M.’s ‘Bad Day’

Erika Goldring, Getty Images
Erika Goldring, Getty Images

The cover will appear on the latest and final installment of Kevin Devine's 7" series.

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Watch Death Cab for Cutie Cover R.E.M.’s ‘Fall on Me’ With Peter Buck + Mike Mills

Peter Buck / Death Cab for Cutie / Mike Mills
Paras Griffin / Kevin Winter / Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images

Death Cab for Cutie closed out Peter Buck's 2016 Todos Santos Music Festival in Mexico with an all-star cover of the R.E.M. classic.

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Watch Members of Wilco, R.E.M. and Sleater-Kinney Cover David Bowie in Mexico

YouTube
YouTube

The stars aligned at this past weekend's kickoff of the annual Todos Santos Music Festival in Mexico for a few high-powered covers in honor of the late legend.

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