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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.

R.E.M. to Release 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Out of Time’

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Concord Bicycle

A four-disc Deluxe Edition of R.E.M.'s 'Out of Time' will arrive on Nov. 18.

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R.E.M.’s Mike Mills to Release First Classical Work, ‘Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra’

Photo credit: Roger Idenden
Photo credit: Roger Idenden

Mills composed 'Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra' with his childhood friend, Robert McDuffie.

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30 Years Ago: R.E.M. Takes a Big Step Forward With ‘Lifes Rich Pageant’

R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant - Album Cover
I.R.S. Records

R.E.M. went for a bigger rock sound -- and got it -- on 'Lifes Rich Pageant,' which was released on July 28, 1986.

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30 Years Ago: R.E.M. Display Their New Sound With ‘Fall on Me’

IRS Records
IRS Records

R.E.M. released "Fall on Me," the lead single from 'Lifes Rich Pageant,' on July 14, 1986.

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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’

Chris Walter, Getty Images
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
PVC

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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