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.
20 Years Ago: R.E.M. Find Their Way as a Trio With 'Up'
When they returned with their 11th studio album, they sounded like an entirely different band.
Listen to R.E.M. Perform 'E-Bow the Letter' With Thom Yorke
Another preview from the upcoming 'R.E.M. at the BBC' box set.
How R.E.M.'s Small-Scale Ambitions Came Up Big on 'Murmur'
Their debut album was perfectly titled: R.E.M. did indeed arrive like a murmur, something you heard in passing more than really saw coming.
How R.E.M. Careened Into the Future With 'Accelerate'
As its title implies, this record possesses great urgency.
R.E.M. Fans Raise $82,000 in One Day for Stricken Touring Member
Supporters rush to help after Scott McCaughey suffers a ‘major’ stroke.
R.E.M.’s ‘Man on the Moon’ Clip Finds Deliverance in a Truck Stop
For the second 'Automatic for the People' single, R.E.M. teamed with director Peter Care to film the dusty, iconic video for 'Man on the Moon.'