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.
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.
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.
Michael Stipe Wrestles with Writer’s Block on ‘Man on the Moon'
The song was ready. Everything was there: Bass, drums, guitars. There was only one slight problem. It didn’t have a title, or lyrics, or vocals.
Meg Ryan, Miami and 10cc Make an Impact on ‘Star Me Kitten’
The famous actress Meg Ryan convinced R.E.M. to alter the title of the lusty 'Automatic' ballad, so they turned it into an in-joke.