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They crawled from the South

Forty years ago, REM released Radio Free Europe, setting the band from Athens, Georgia on the way to musical immortality

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Going places: REM (from left) Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, and Michael Stipe in the early eighties. Credit: Getty Images

Going places: REM (from left) Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, and Michael Stipe in the early eighties. Credit: Getty Images

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REM frontman Michael Stipe. Credit: Larry W. Cutchall/Getty Images

REM frontman Michael Stipe. Credit: Larry W. Cutchall/Getty Images

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Going places: REM (from left) Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, and Michael Stipe in the early eighties. Credit: Getty Images

The REM legend was born in a makeshift studio in a garage in North Carolina. It was there, in Mitch Easter’s Drive-In Studio, that Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry recorded Radio Free Europe, their first single.

The quartet had made significant inroads in their hometown of Athens, Georgia and their zeal for touring had ensured they burned a lot of gasoline and made plenty of fans traversing the Peach State and its neighbours.


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