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Remarks Remade: The Story of R.E.M.

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  136 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The author follows the story of R.E.M. from its humble origins in Athens, Georgia, to their status as a leading world-wide act, all the while placing the allure of their appeal in the context of its time and place.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Omnibus Press (first published 1989)
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Jeff Raymond
R.E.M. is my favorite band of all time. A favorite to the point of, when they broke up, I got a number of "are you okay" texts. I own nearly all their releases, I buy soundtracks and compilations simply because they submitted a single song to it, bought the import singles for b-sides, the whole nine yards.

This also means buying/reading a number of books. The gold standard, historically speaking, has been It Crawled From the South, which was less a biography and more a companion. R.E.M.: Fiction
Jun 28, 2009 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of R.E.M.
Shelves: music, bio_autobio
The 2002 update of the R.E.M. biography. 4.5 stars.

From the preface:

"The opportunity to edit and expand the original manuscript was the clincher. I had held onto all my source materials -- tapes, transcripts, demos, press cuttings and even early drafts -- and could see that I had left many sub-topics and tangential points out first time around for the sake of brevity. Yet I could also tell that Remarks had become a reference for other R.E.M. books over the years, which had then added their own o
Sep 12, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, biog-autobiog
First off I'm not a big R.E.M. aficionado nor a rabid many ways I'm nothing more than an interested party..however over time and due to picking up various CDs at boot sales and charity shops by the band plus the Hindu love gods spin off I have enjoyed a lot of their output.
This book is easily followed and unlike many biography books is biography of the band rather than a band biography that overtly charts the growth of each member pre fame..the lack of personal background in many ways a
Andy Grogan
Short Review on my blog:
Apr 02, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this to get excited for my recent trip to Georgia, and it's definitely one of those books that consumed me and was hard to put down. As far as I know, this is the only book on R.E.M. to cover their entire career: not just their 80's heyday when they made those mysterious early albums that everyone loves, the Green and Out of Time-eras where the band swapped instruments to shake up their sound, the insane popularity that followed throughout the 90's... but also the criminally underrated er ...more
*sigh* The final installment of Tony Fletcher's often-updated R.E.M. biography series. So sad... I think I now have to admit they've really broken up. (But on the good side, I get another R.E.M. book out of it! One last chance to read about the band!)

I am kind of disappointed at the cover -- all the cover is is a picture that's been floating around the internet (possibly from Q Magazine) for over a decade. And that's all. I mean, I've had that picture on my computer for ages, use it as my deskto
May 08, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
R.E.M. has always been one of my favorite bands. And while I've always kept up with the band through their albums and various magazine articles, I had a very limited view as to what was going on behind the scenes.

"Perfect Circle" gave me a look behind the curtain, examining their beginnings in a blossoming Athens music scene, chronicling their gradual rise to fame and subsequent superstardom, and going into detail about the difficulties the band had in following up on their late success. Author
Nov 08, 2011 Edmole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a sad rock biog, with the rise a cheerful and ecstatic one as they show only a little of themselves and the world fills in the rest, then sees a little too much and doesn't want to see any more. But good to read their story and remember what amazing music they made and how glad I am they exist.
Jun 24, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice bookend on the 30 year career of my favorite band. The story of the early years is pretty standard, but the last 10 years were really interesting in the struggles of working without Bill Berry. A great reminder of an almost-perfect body of work...
Apr 26, 2009 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of R.E.M.
Shelves: music, bio_autobio
The text needs editing, and it seemed sometimes like the stories were wrong, but still it's a book about R.E.M., so it can't be all that bad. A moderately good history of the band, but I've read better-written books. Hopefully the next edition is better.
Drew Athans
Dec 30, 2013 Drew Athans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My complete and detailed review is at my site:
Jan 22, 2013 Jesse rated it liked it
Does the trick & totally readable, fun, useful, etc., but R.E.M. deserve grander.
Jul 03, 2007 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of R.E.M.
Shelves: music, bio_autobio
A good (but now outdated) look at R.E.M.
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Tony Fletcher is the author of seven non-fiction books and one novel. His biography of drummer Keith Moon has been named in many a Best Music Book list, and his biography of R.E.M.,updated in 2013 asPerfect Circle, has been published in over half a dozen countries. A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths was published in the UK by William Heinemann in September 2012, and by ...more
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“The generation that had grown up with R.E.M. in the Eighties, that had enthusiastically shared and applauded the maturity of Out of Time and Automatic for the People, many of whom had stuck around for Monster, was ready now to move on. Not to new artists, but to their home mortgages, car payments, and children's birthday parties.” 0 likes
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