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R.E.M. is a rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in early 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and vocalist Michael Stipe.
Throughout the 1980s, the band worked relentlessly, releasing records every year from their debut EP in 1982 through Green in 1988. They also toured constantly, playing a variety of venues, from theaters to backwoods dives. Along the way, they inspired countless bands, from jangle pop groups of the mid-'80s to alternative rock bands of the '90s. At the same time, the band was admired for its slow, steady rise to stardom, unique in an industry that grew to expect overnight success.
The band's politics, aesthetics, and hardworking ethosâ€”largely inspired by punk rock and art rock of the 1970sâ€”allowed the band to establish itself as a key element of the burgeoning alternative rock scene of the 1980s. With major label success at the turn of the '90s, the band found themselves able to put forth political and environmental concerns from within a popular music scene that often chose not to take a stand.
= R.E.M. formed at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in January 19...
|years active||1980â€“present (time)|
|music genre||Rock music|
|current members|| Peter Buck|
|past members||Bill Berry|