Continuing the essential series on rock's hottest names from rock's hottest magazine, R.E.M.: The Rolling Stone Files features in-depth interviews, narrative pieces, album reviews, news stories, trivia snippets, performance critiques - everything R.E.M. fans want to know and everything "Rolling Stone" has to offer. "I just don't really feel R.E.M. has to have any rules or boundaries," R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck recently told "Rolling Stone." "Once you admit that there are rules, then you've lost." From its beginning as a garage band to its present-day superstar status, R.E.M. has managed to retain its original vision and integrity. Since the early Eighties, the band has forced its listeners to rethink rock & roll, and "Rolling Stone" has documented R.E.M. each step of the way with extensive and insightful coverage. Unmatched in depth and information, this compendium covers everything from R.E.M.'s early days in Athens, Georgia, and years of nonstop touring to the band's commercial breakthrough in 1991 with Out of Time and the 1994 release of the guitar-blasting Monster. R.E.M.: The Rolling Stone Files includes early-Eighties profiles by "Rolling Stone's" Anthony DeCurtis and Parke Puterbaugh, as well as "Rolling Stone" music editor David Fricke's incisive Q & A interviews with Michael Stipe and Peter Buck. With the collaboration of Anthony DeCurtis, who has covered the band from the beginning and who provides the Introduction, R.E.M.: The Rolling Stone Files offers the reader a much broader perspective than that of a traditional music biography.
This Georgia-based alternative rock band has developed legions of fans since 1981 and has been propelled to the top of the charts with albums such as 1991's Out of Time and hit songs like "Losing My Religion" and "Stand". Here Rolling Stone pays tribute to this hard-working group--America's preeminent college-radio band.