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Comprised of archive footage from the MTV Vaults, this film follows Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe from playing in an abandoned Athens church to the breakthrough of their 1983 record Murmur to their breakup in 2011, with plenty of performances in between.
R.E.M.’s beginnings were modest but extremely weird. I first saw the band in the spring of 1981 while working on a story about the then-burgeoning music scene in Athens, Georgia, R.E.M.’s hometown.