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Book Review

Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years

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Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years Robert Dean Lurie 288 pages ISBN: #978-1891241680 Verse Chorus Press 2019 Coming from the unusual angle of a repatriated Southerner by the name of Robert Dean Lurie, Begin The Begin is a fast and fascinating read devoted to the formative period, including the first flush(es) of success that occurred during R.E.M.'s Early Years. As is the case with the best book covers, this one featuring Joanna Schwartz' ...

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Album Review

R.E.M.: Automatic For The People - 25th Anniversary Edition

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If the anniversary packages of R.E.M.'s discography, like Automatic For The People, seem to be arriving in quick succession, that's because the band hit an extraordinarily prolific stride around a quarter century ago. Breaking beyond the boundaries of their previously-established and recognizable style with Green (Warner Bros., 1988), the foursome continued into the next decade writing, playing and producing at a sufficiently ingenious level they rendered moot the glib label 'jangle-pop.' Each of the multiple configurations of the ...

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Album Review

R.E.M.: R.E.M.: Reckoning-Deluxe Edition

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Has there ever been an American rock band with more natural chemistry than the original four-man lineup of R.E.M.? Listening to both discs of the Deluxe Edition of Reckoning, initially released in 1984, it's hard to think of a group more in tune with itself and its audience at this point in its career than R.E.M.

In his extensive liner notes to the double-disc package, Tony Fletcher makes point after notable point about the quartet's good-natured willfulness, and the iconoclasm ...


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