R.E.M. - Michael Stipe

Have been spending the night sifting through the internet for old R.E.M. bootlegs. Unfortunately, being a child of the nineties, I am not old enough to have had any original vinyl bootlegs, so I have to make do with the mp3’s people have posted on the internet. But, man, are they ever good.

This is from one of their earliest-known bootlegs, recorded October 4th, 1980 at Tyrone’s in Athens. I can’t get enough of it. It’s so caffeinated, so energetic, so fresh; it’s a piece of R.E.M. history. 

[Download the full bootleg here]


R.E.M. ‘95 + Quotes (Part 2)

(Part 1 is here)


Michael Stipe in 1985 when he visited Pasaquan which is a Compound in Georgia owned by folk artist Eddie Martin (the man in the middle.) the guy at the end is Michael’s friend Jeff Gilley. Look at that cool blonde hair. Photo credit Tom Patterson.


R.E.M. during the Out Of Time era :)



Just wanted to wish Bill Berry a very happy birthday before I go on vacation. It’s been a busy week, so I haven’t had time to make him a proper edit or collage or something, but here’s an interview with him from the Out Of Time era. 

Bill, your work with R.E.M. was incredible and you’ll always be one of my absolute favourite drummers. Happy 56th birthday!

R.E.M. and Roger McGuinn performing Van Morrison’s Gloria for MTV’s program “Rock Influences: Folk Rock” at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, 9 June 1984.


Bandwagon // R.E.M.

Come on aboard, I promise you it won’t hurt the horse
We treat him well, we feed him well
There’s lots of room for you on the bandwagon
The road may be rough, the weather may forget us
But won’t we all parade around, and sing our songs…