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

Jeff Tamarkin, Billboard, 30 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 act brought along some of its more prominent influences to open the show on June 9. Somewhat surprisingly, the show worked on all levels.

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