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Michael Stipe

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe: “I was a photo student before I was a music fan.”

Though he’s best known as the thoughtful, politically-outspoken lead singer of R.E.M., Michael Stipe has long nurtured a fertile side career as a music and film producer, artist, and photographer. He'll discuss his photography as the Marquee Speaker for this year’s Atlanta Celebrates Photography.
Chuck Leavell Mike Mills Robert McDuffie A Night of Georgia Music

Rock meets classical as Mike Mills, Chuck Leavell, and Robert McDuffie perform songs about Georgia, for Georgia

A Night of Georgia Music will feature fresh instrumental versions of classic Georgia-themed hits ranging from “Georgia on My Mind” and “Midnight Train to Georgia” to “Hey Ya!” and “One Way Out” and revisits the original six-movement Mike Mills Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra.
Great American Scream Machine

50 years of Six Flags: Looking back at the highs and lows

Four years before Orlando welcomed Walt Disney World, the Southeast’s first theme park—Six Flags Over Georgia—debuted. Now roughly 300 acres, the park counts 12 roller coasters and a half-century of highs (and a few lows).

Andrew Young on the final Colbert Report episode

Despite a busy schedule, former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young says he didn’t hesitate for a moment about participating in the Colbert Report finale. “Being there last night was part of what I call the Colbert phenomenon,” Young said Friday morning as he flew back from New York.

Video of the Day: Watch the trailer for a new R.E.M. documentary

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.

UPDATE: “Flattered” Fox News releases statement on R.E.M. song

After reading our coverage today, Fox News reps have thoughtfully released a statement about R.E.M's cease and desist request after the cable news channel aired a portion of the Athens act's hit single, "Losing My Religion" this week during the Democratic National Convention.

R.E.M. to Fox News: Cease and desist!

While the members of R.E.M.have parted ways professionally, the Athens-birthed rockers are banding together to keep their music off of Fox News.

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