Unauthorized Political Use of R.E.M. Music


“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on

Ashley Diamond is released from prison


Back in April, Michael Stipe & Elton John wrote an impassioned essay (featured in The Guardian) about the plight of transgender people in U.S. prisons. The essay called on the The United States Department of Justice to take a stand against the brutality and sexual assault that transgender

LSTN TO TCHRS


An enthusiastic Bertis Downs in his one-of-a-kind “LSTN TO TCHRS” tee-shirt at the Communities in Schools awards ceremony Saturday night where he & Katherine Downs were recognized for their tireless and dedicated contributions to public education in Athens.

At the end of his brief remarks, which were about education and opportunity

Art Rox Athens Returns This Weekend


Art Rocks Athens returns! Film, photography, and, of course, music will be the focus this year, with a continuing retrospective, primarily 1975-1985, of the art and artists who made the music that made Athens, GA famous. Artist Sandra-Lee Phipps, SCAD Atlanta professor and R.E.M. colleague, is curating a

32 Years Back: A Philly Reflection


I recall the exact moment when I realized that my favorite band, an underground sensation, had the potential to get very popular. It was August 20, 1983, and I was fortunate enough to be standing on the side of the stage at John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, as a

An Evening With Peter Buck: Aug 25 in LA


Peter will be Djing with Liz and Lance of Permanent Records on August 25 at Ace Hotel in LA. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a night filled with garage, soul, funk and beyond.

More information here

32 Years Ago Today… R.E.M. at Shea Stadium


It was 32 years ago today: R.E.M. played Shea Stadium. Memories that day: It rained. Peter was energetic, well above the stage much of the set, which was all of 15 minutes, tops. They wowed some people, the ones who’d braved the elements to be there huddled in front of

August 11, 1995: Third Time’s the Charm in Prague


August 11, 1995: It was twenty years ago today: the third time really was a charm. After postponements occasioned by Bill’s brain surgery in March and Mike’s gut surgery in July, R.E.M. FINALLY got to play their show in Prague (although Michael was not exactly feeling fine during the show);

A Look Back at Tel Aviv (1995)


It was twenty years ago today: R.E.M.’s only show ever in Israel. Security was tight. First time for that kind of stuff for us. Mike and Peter had been to Israel three years earlier for promo for Automatic. They’d visited the Dead Sea. We saw a Ben and Jerry’s on

Remembering Catania & Francesco Virlinzi


It was twenty years ago today: R.E.M. played its only show ever in Sicily. Our beloved friend, the late Francesco Virlinzi, was our host and a great ambassador for the city of Catania. He is remembered today, as every year, by a special anniversary cconcert celebration

organized by his

Postcard From the Northern Suburbs of New York–Up Near Bill & Hil


I think last Thursday night was the seventh time I’ve seen the entire R.E.M. By MTV, Alexander Young’s terrific documentary about the three-decade path of R.E.M. on MTV. I once again enjoyed it and noticed how well he chose songs to help tell the story throughout the film. “Monty Got

Mike Gets His Own Baseball Card!


As a kid, I played two happy years of Little League, and dreamed of growing up to be a baseball player. While my life has turned out just fine, I never lost that love of baseball (notice the band I’m in, the Baseball Project). Now, thanks to the folks at