June 1999

R.E.M.

Possibly the most famous worldwide export of Athens, Georgia, R.E.M. have thrived for nearly 25 years and, in the process, become one of the few bands to make the jump from college underground to mainstream favorites.

I have enjoyed their music since I was first forced (!) to listen to a new album called Murmur all the way through by an old friend of my youth, Mike Mann, in 1983. I asked him to leave the record with me, and I listened to it, voluntarily, another five times that day. I was hooked.

Instead of the usual bunch of links that I have on these topic pages, I thought I'd scan in some of my memorabilia from those early years (and a few later). I hope you enjoy them. I received them in the years noted. Some of the download times may be a little longer than you'd like, but I wanted you to be able to read the text on these.

Autographed photo of R.E.M.
Autographed photo of R.E.M., ca 1985
Click photo to enlarge
These things they go away, replaced by everyday. --R.E.M. 1992, from Automatic for the People
R.E.M. Shows I've Attended:

22 June 1984:
Hollywood Palladium
Los Angeles, CA
support: Dream Syndicate

24 July 1985:
Arlington Theater
Santa Barbara, CA
support: True West

27 July 1985:
Greek Theater
Hollywood, CA
support: True West

28 July 1985:
Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
Laguna Hills, CA
support: True West

12 September 1987:
Hammersmith Odeon
London, England
support: 10,000 Maniacs

30 May 1989:
Hammersmith Odeon
London, England
support: Blue Aeroplanes

4 November 1995:
Desert Sky Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ
support: Luscious Jackson

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March 20, 1986:
Golden Palominos (w/Michael Stipe)
Palace Theatre
Los Angeles, CA

I've got a ton of this stuff, and unless I hear from you all out there, this is all I have time to scan in for now. E-mail me if you want more.

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