Begin The Begin: R.e.m.'s Early Years

May 24, 2019|
Begin The Begin: R.e.m.'s Early Years by Robert Dean Lurie
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Robert Dean Lurie’s biography is the first completely researched and written since R.E.M. disbanded in 2011. It offers by far the most detailed account of their formative years—the early lives of the band members, their first encounters with one another, their legendary debut show, early tours in the back of a van, initial recordings, their shrewdly paced rise to fame. The people and places of the American South are crucial to the R.E.M. story in ways much more complex and interesting than have been presented thus far, says Lurie, who explores the myriad ways in which the band’s adopted hometown of Athens, Georgia, and the South in general, have shaped its members and the character and style of their art. The South is more than the background to this story; it plays a major role: the creative ferment that erupted in Athens and gripped many of its young inhabitants in the late 70s and early 80s drew on regional traditions of outsider art and general cultural out-thereness, and gave rise to a free-spirited music scene that produced the B-52’s and Pylon, and laid the ground for R.E.M.’s subsequent breakout success. Lurie has tracked down and interviewed numerous figures in the band’s history who were under-represented in or even absent from earlier biographies, and they contribute previously undocumented stories and cast a fresh light on the familiar narrative.
Robert Dean Lurie''s other books include No Certainly Attached: Steve Kilbey and the Church" (2009) and "We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie" (2016)."
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Title:Begin The Begin: R.e.m.'s Early Years
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:288 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.76 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.76 in
Published:May 24, 2019
Publisher:Verse Chorus Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781891241680

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