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R.E.M.: Rock Reconstruction Getting There

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, September 1985

FABLES OF YEARS spent on the road. Decadent tales of groupies and drugs and arrogance and misspent lives near the top. You won't find any ...

R.E.M.: Automatic For The People

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1992

MILLIONS HAVE BEEN waiting on the new R.E.M. album, and almost none of them is barmy. ...


R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Mike Mills (1992)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1992

The two multi-instrumentalists talk about recording Automatic for the People; writing songs for Stipe; not working with big-name musicians; favourite Beatles albums; confronting Tipper Gore; their musical heroes, and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; file size: 57mb, interview length: 1h 02' 18" sound quality: ***½

R.E.M.'s Peter Buck

Interview by David Stubbs, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1996

The R.E.M. guitarist talks about the songs and artists that meant most to him, from Moon River to the Ramones and beyond.

File format: mp3; file size: 29.9mb, interview length: 32' 37" sound quality: ***

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe (2003)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2003

Gavin Martin quizzes the R.E.M. front-man on movies, religion, his gayness, Bill Berry's departure and a whole lot more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 46.4mb, total interview length: 50' 45" sound quality: ****



Review by Gary Sperrazza!, New York Rocker, September 1981

It's... it's... it's Gary Sperrazza! ...


Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, January 1982

IT'S HAPPENED again. ...

REM: Chronic Town

Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, November 1982

A TOWN IS CHRONIC because we are fated to revisit it time and time again. A chronic town might also be a carny town, jammed ...

R.E.M.: Chronic Town

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, January 1983

THIS EP IS SO ARCANE that I had to play it six times in a row to get a handle on it – and even ...

R.E.M.: Murmur

Review by John Morthland, Creem, July 1983

I KEEP HEARING about the rise of the new garage bands, who draw their inspiration from the original punks, those brash, anarchistic, one-hit bands so ...

R.E.M.: Really Exciting Music

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, August 1983

ARE YOU tired of constantly being told how this or that band is the new greatest wonder? Of course you are. Unfortunately, superlatives have a ...

R.E.M.: Murmur (IRS)

Review by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, September 1983

R.E.M., LIKE THE B-52's, come from Athens, Georgia, but it must be the other side of town. Where the Bs are flamboyant, emblazoning their borrowed ...

R.E.M.: Marquee, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1983

IF YE Smythes are anything to go by, rock's set-piece quartet of voice and guitar, bass and drums is making a decided comeback. Witnessing R.E.M.'s ...


Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

FROM INGLORIOUS beginnings playing a birthday party, R.E.M.'s independent first single, 'Radio Free Europe', was Robert Palmer's choice as 10th best single of 1981 in ...

R.E.M.: Rock City, Nottingham

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, January 1984

REM's presence as a genuine group staunchly committed to rock's most crucial attitude, this being the simple desire to play a little honest loud-hearted music ...

American Paradise Regained: R.E.M.’s Reckoning

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, April 1984

WHEN I HEAR word ‘plangent’ I reach for my applause button. Which is why Reckoning and its predecessor, last year’s Murmur, confirm R.E.M. as ...

Four Guys Working For The Sainthood

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, April 1984

"THERE'S TWO SCHOOLS OF MUSICIANS" argues guitarist Peter Buck. "One just digs playing and is in it for fun, the other wants to get rich ...

R.E.M.: An Open Party

Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Record, June 1984

R.E.M.'s Hip American Dream ...

R.E.M. and Friends: Capitol Theater, Passaic, N.J.

Live Review by Jeff Tamarkin, Billboard, June 1984

IT WAS A folk-rocker's fantasy: R.E.M. was videotaping a concert for MTV broadcast in July, for a new series called Influences. And so the IRS Records ...

The Reckoning of R.E.M.

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, July 1984

R.E.M. DIDN'T go courting success but the acclaimed Georgia quartet is learning to deal with it. ...

R.E.M., U2, The Ramones etal: Milton Keynes Bowl, Buckinghamshire

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, June 1985


R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (IRS)

Review by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, August 1986

THE ONLY BAND that mutters, as an American commentator wittily described REM, are back, and not before time, too. The past few years have seen ...

R.E.M: Life's Rich Pageant

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, August 1986

NOW WHERE did this panther spring from? Seems like only a minute ago I was hacking my way through a jungle of ugly pop fever ...

R.E.M.: Deconstructing The Fables

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, October 1986

Their sight fully restored with the release of their latest creation, R.E.M. are looking straight ahead once more and enjoying Life’s Rich Pageant. EDWIN POUNCEY ...

REM and 10,000 Maniacs: Rulers Of The Campus

Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, September 1987

College rock is alive and gigging in the US. MARK COOPER hears why from Michael Stipe of REM and Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs ...

Berets from Mars! R.E.M. Eat The Document

Interview by Karen Schlosberg, Creem, December 1987

IT'S DANGEROUS to write about R.E.M. without falling into the Larger-Than-Life trap. Perhaps it's because so few "Rock Stars" (and that term is used loosely) ...

R.E.M.: Post-Yuppie Pop

Interview by Jon Savage, Observer, The, May 1989

"I COULD TURN YOU inside out! But I choose not to!" R.E.M.’s singer Michael Stipe, back arched, is bellowing into a megaphone. Five songs into ...

Michael Stipe: What Are Friends For

Interview by Mark Kemp, Option, September 1990

2 SODA FOUNTAIN glasses full of strawberry-banana smoothie, a plate of nachos covered with melted cheese, a gorgeous Manhattan spring afternoon: what more could a ...

R.E.M.: Out Of Time

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, April 1991

DESPITE MICHAEL STIPE'S production activities with the likes of the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies and the recent emergence of Tourfilm, from 1989's Green tour, R.E.M. have ...

R.E.M.: Out Of Time (WEA)

Review by Max Bell, Vox, April 1991

THEY MUST have scratched their heads at Burbank when R.E.M. delivered Out Of Time. Far from capitalising on the success of Green, where America's most ...

REM: The Home Guard

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, April 1991

If R.E.M. appear to walk the street of Athens, Georgia, as if they owned the place – well, that's because they do. Now, as the ...

R.E.M.: Radio Songs

Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar School, September 1991

EMERGING FROM the haze of haircut bands that dominated the early '80s was R.E.M., a mysterious and gripping outfit hailing from the college town of ...

R.E.M.: The Best Of

Review by Mat Snow, Q, November 1991

FOR FIVE YEARS R.E.M. steadily grew on Miles Copeland's IRS label until they took the Warner Bros shilling and were thus promoted to the big ...

R.E.M.: Touched! Chuffed! Etc!

Report and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, January 1992

For R.E.M., 1991 will always be the year in which a low-key LP brought them high-profile success, the year a tiny tour won them a ...


Interview by Ira Robbins, Pulse!, October 1992

Ten years down the road, Athens, Georgia’s little-band-that-could takes stock of fame, fortune and folk music.* ...


Interview by Mat Snow, Q, October 1992

THE LAST RESORT is a civilised eatery offering a wide selection of imported beers in what must surely be – after Asbury Park, New Jersey ...

R.E.M.: Lyrically Dark, Musically Oddball

Interview by Mat Snow, Q, November 1992

R.E.M.'s new album, Automatic For The People, is released this month. Here, the group dissect the LP, track by track...hang on, Automatic For The People? ...

Rapid Eye Monster: R.E.M. and the Reconstruction of New Fables

Interview by Gerrie Lim, BigO, September 1994

IF ROCK LYRICS ARE the fragile touchstones of this post-punk era, one concisely summarizes all the aspirations and angst of these psychically shifting times. ...


Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, November 1994

YOU CAN JUST HEAR THE PHONE CALL. "The album's ready. Hire the Irish castle!" When the world's biggest bands have something to promote, money's no ...

R.E.M: Monster (WEA)

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, November 1994

When U2 swapped their Romany drifter look for the PVC strides and comedy shades, there was, after the initial confusion, a general hum of approbation. ...

Conference Call: Mike Mills talks to 10cc!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, 1995

ON THE receiving end of the PR’s pointy red fingernail: Sylvie Simmons... ...

R.E.M.: St Michael

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, May 1995

Fabled and reconstructed, the all-new, star-spangled, itinerary-wielding R.E.M. were poised to take on the world. Then Bill Berry took ill. ADRIAN DEEVOY caught the doomed ...

R.E.M.: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA

Live Review by Eric Weisbard, Spin, August 1995

"I DON'T FIND R.E.M. transcendent." complained a friend who had just witnessed one of the band's first U.S. performances in five years. Well, fair enough, ...

R.E.M./Radiohead: Meadows Music Theatre, Hartford, CT

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, October 1995


R.E.M.: Be Seeing You?

Report by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1996

Last year's Monster touralmost killed them. They have dispensed with the services of their 'fifth' member. They now live time zones apart. On the eve ...

R.E.M.: New Adventures In Hi-Fi (Warner Bros.) **** ½

Review by Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone, September 1996

New Day Rising: R.E.M. make a great new album in the face of disaster ...

Mark Eitzel with Peter Buck: Union Chapel, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, 1997

AN OLD CHAPEL in Islington, North London, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s old ‘hood. The stage is set up around the pulpit; the audience sits in ...

Mark Eitzel and Peter Buck

Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 1997

'People liked it when I was drunk and fell over onstage all the time. That was very popular in Europe for a while' ...

Rock Criticism and the Rocker: A Conversation With Peter Buck

Book Excerpt by Anthony DeCurtis, Rocking My Life Away, 1998

IN SEPTEMBER 1994 R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck kindly took time off from promoting R.E.M.'s Monster to do an interview with Anthony DeCurtis, who wanted an ...

Tibetan Freedom Concert: People Have The Power

Report by Paul Lester, Uncut, August 1998

MONDAY, JUNE 15, THE CAPITOL BUILDINGIt is 10 days before Bill Clinton's historic first presidential visit to China since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. An ...

R. E. M.: Up

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, November 1998

R.E.M., MORE than just about any band you can name, were whacked mightily with the Great Rock Dilemma stick: how does an intelligent, introspective, underground ...

R.E.M.: Up

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 1998

Unexpected return to peak form after 1996's disappointing New Adventures In Hi-Fi ...

Pete Waterman: Style Counsel

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, January 1999

Last week, Pete Waterman the Brian Clough of pop, stoutly defended his new teenpop cadets Steps and his revitalised label PWL. Here Doctor Waterman offers ...

REM: Man On The Moon — Soundtrack

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, January 2000

R.E.M.'s ASSOCIATION with Andy Kaufman goes back to 1993 when they penned 'Man On The Moon', Stipe's achingly personal tribute to the late comedian. ...

Byrd Brains: Matthew Sweet and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck Ponder Country-rock’s Finest

Review and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Revolver, Spring 2000

The Byrds:(Untitled/Unissued)ByrdmaniaxFarther AlongLive at the Fillmore West – February 1969 ...

REM: Reveal (Warner Bros.)

Review by The Rev. Al Friston, Rock's Backpages, December 2001

REVEAL IS, well, a revelation — especially for anyone as weary of the bogus and posturing Michael Stipe as this writer is. After the band’s ...

The New Adventures of R.E.M.

Book Excerpt by Tony Fletcher, Omnibus Books, 2002

An extract from Remarks Remade: The Story of R.E.M. by Tony Fletcher, first published by Omnibus Press in 1989 and in three subsequent editions, the ...

R.E.M.: 'So. Central Rain'

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Blender, June 2002

It's 1984, and America's in thrall to Valley Girls, Day-Glo socks and 'Billie Jean'. Is this really the best time for a jangly Georgia folk-rock ...

R.E.M. at Brixton Academy, London

Report by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

SEEING A BAND OF REM's stature at a medium-sized venue such as Brixton Academy is undeniably some sort of occasion. The suspicion nags, though, that ...

R.E.M.: St James's Church, Piccadilly, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, Independent, The, September 2004

R.E.M. ARE NO strangers to the "secret" show, having pioneered them back in the ‘80s, when they would appear at places such as the tiny ...

Michael Stipe: An Interview

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, September 2006

THE ROOF TERRACE alone in Michael Stipe's ultra-deluxe Knightsbridge hotel suite is bigger than most luxury flats. Boasting its own sauna and dining hall, the ...

Mitch Easter Interviewed: Perfect Sound Forever - The Director's Cut

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, unpublished, Summer 2007

NOTE: This is a vastly expanded version of the Mitch Easter feature, "Perfect Sound Forever," written for issue #76, of Magnet, published summer 2007. Interviews ...

Shiny, Happy People: R.E.M.: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, April 2008

The veteran rock band have regained the passion that made them great ...

R.E.M.: International Arena, Cardiff ***

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2008

MICHAEL STIPE and his fellow Athenians were on punchy, persuasive form in Cardiff on Monday. In between rowdy tracks from the latest R.E.M. album, Accelerate, ...

R.E.M.: A Great Southern Voice Revisited

Retrospective by Robot A. Hull, Rock's Backpages, August 2009

THE MUSIC OF R.E.M. speaks in many voices, swirling voices searching for a new language through the words of mythology, literature, and Holy Scripture. Like ...

Michael Stipe's Last Stand — An R.E.M. Exit Interview

Interview by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, November 2011

Michael Stipe wants to retire. Trouble is, Jude Rogers won't let him until he's been suitably debriefed… ...

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