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.
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.'
Minus 5, R.E.M. Guitarist Scott McCaughey Suffers Stroke
Scott McCaughey, the Young Fresh Fellows and Minus 5 frontman who has toured with R.E.M., suffered a stroke while on the road with Alejandro Escovedo.
In Defense of… R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’
For years, R.E.M. has been dragged through the M.U.D. over this pop hit. We defend the song's place in the band's rich catalog.
R.E.M. Release Expanded NSFW Video for 'Nightswimming'
An expanded and NSFW clip for "Nightswimming" appears on R.E.M.'s 25th anniversary edition of 'Automatic for the People.'
R.E.M.'s 'Automatic for the People': The Story Behind Every Song
We've compiled links to all of our stories about the songs on R.E.M.'s 1992 album, 'Automatic for the People.'
R.E.M. ‘Find the River’ and Discover a Sweet Release
A record that began with a message to the kids about control (“Drive”) ends with a song suggesting that we’re all powerless in the face of mortality.
10 Years Ago: R.E.M. Release Their First Live Album
R.E.M. were 27 years into their career when they put out their first live album, simply titled 'R.E.M. Live,' in October of 2007.