In September, the band that rose from the kudzu-covered town of Athens, Ga., to dominate college radio and sell nearly 85 million albums worldwide announced it was breaking up. Singer Michael Stipe and bassist Mike Mills discuss R.E.M.’s 31-year history, and the end of the band as we know it.
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Every year the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress selects 25 recordings to be preserved for all time. One song chosen this year is R.E.M.’s "Radio Free Europe." It was the band’s first single and a breakthrough moment in indie rock.
Bill Janovitz, erstwhile frontman of Buffalo Tom, covers Wendell Gee from the R.E.M. album Fables Of The Reconstruction.