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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.

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Rhino

From the very beginning, R.E.M. and MTV's paths were intertwined.

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Michael Stipe Talks Overcoming Shyness in R.E.M. Documentary DVD Extra

Michael Stipe
Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

"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.'"

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Worst to First: Every R.E.M. Album Ranked

Worst to First: R.E.M.
Photo: Anton Corbjin

Nobody can define what exactly makes a band "alternative," but one thing is certain: R.E.M. were it.

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Renovations on Athens, Ga., Steeple Where R.E.M. Played Their First Show Have Begun

Michael Stipe
Adam Berry, Getty Images

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.

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Jeff Tweedy, Spoon, R.E.M. + More Sign Open Letter Supporting Net Neutrality

Jason Merritt : Kevin Winter : Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images
Jason Merritt : Kevin Winter : Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images

Days away from a vote on new net neutrality regulations presented by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, several musicians have published an open letter in support.

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Watch First Aid Kit Cover ‘Walk Unafraid’ With R.E.M.’s Peter Buck

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We think Swedish duo First Aid Kit are pretty fantastic, so what could possibly improve upon sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg’s beautiful folk harmonies?

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Watch Michael Stipe Sing Happy Birthday to Patti Smith

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This Robinson/Dave J. Hogan, Getty Images

Patti Smith celebrated her 68th birthday with a two-show stint in New York City that ended last night with a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday' led by Michael Stipe.

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Michael Stipe Performs His First Solo Concert Since R.E.M. Broke Up

Adam Berry, Getty Images
Adam Berry, Getty Images

It's been more than three years since R.E.M. went their separate ways and, up until last night, it had been that long since Michael Stipe had made his way back to a stage.

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The Top 10 Reissues of 2014

The Top 10 Reissues of 2014

We've chronicled the best new music of 2014, but now it's time to look at the greatest reissues of the year!

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R.E.M. Frontman Michael Stipe Sold For $0.25 at ‘Colbert’ Final Sale

Michael Stipe / 'The Colbert Report'
Comedy Central

It's a sad day when Michael Stipe sells at a yard sale for a quarter.

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