R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980.

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Story by Lisa Kelsey , United States

I love R.E.M because they take things seriously but aren’t “too cool” to appear on Sesame Street and because their music really resonates for me (also in my forties).

Literally stopped me in my tracks

Story by John Susoeff , United States

The band members themselves would probably loathe this, but I submit to you the only musicians in my lifetime who literally stopped me in my tracks when I first heard their music (“Gardening At Night” on a small college radio station). Their jangling guitar, the abstract poetry of their lyrics, and their willingness to speak…

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