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John Hunter


Oxford, Mississippi

Author of the biography Maps and Legends: The Story of R.E.M., available on Amazon

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  1. The third printing of Maps & Legends: The Story of R.E.M. is now available, featuring: 1) 7 new pages of text; 2) new research on Bill Berry’s band the Wuoggerz and Michael Stipe’s band Gangster; 3) revised and expanded bibliography featuring new interviews & articles from 2023.
  2. I recently spoke to Lois Reitzes of Atlanta’s NPR station WABE 90.1 FM about my biography of R.E.M., Maps and Legends. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Lois and hope that you will enjoy it, too.
  3. I spoke to John Thomason of the Palm Beach Arts Paper about my biography of R.E.M., Maps and Legends:
  4. I spoke with Jim Monaghan of New York’s WDHA-FM about my new biography of R.E.M., Maps and Legends:
  5. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 1, I will be interviewed live on the following radio stations to discuss my book Maps and Legends: The Story of R.E.M.: 9:00 a.m. ET: KQRS, Minneapolis-St. Paul 9:30 a.m. ET: WHMH, Minneapolis-St. Cloud 10:00 a.m. ET: WPHM, Detroit I will also be taping interv
  6. “You wouldn’t believe what it was like when Chronic Town came out … If you walked home from school, you could hear it coming from ten different houses on one street. You could not walk anywhere in Athens without hearing that EP.” Read more about R.E.M.’s first blush of success …
  7. Before he put out “Radio Free Europe” on his Hib-Tone label, Jonny Hibbert played in Cruis-O-Matic, who opened for the Sex Pistols at their infamous 1978 show in Atlanta - where a young Peter Buck was in the audience. Learn more in the definitive biography of R.E.M., Maps and Leg
  8. In 1965, as a boy in San Francisco, Peter Buck saw a band called the Postmen. Their leader, Kirk Poole, played a Rickenbacker guitar that set R.E.M.’s guitarist on the path to jangle rock. Learn more about Buck’s childhood in the definitive biography: Maps and Legends: The Story
  9. After a show in Charlotte, NC in early 1981, “We couldn’t afford a hotel room, so we slept on the stage and woke up with some mice running around our heads,” recalls Michael Stipe. Of the venue’s squalor, early fan Gil Ray adds, “It was this absolute hole in the wall. R.E.M. woul
  10. After the triumph of Automatic for the People, Peter Buck dropped off the map. “I grew this huge beard and hitch-hiked around Mexico and ate meals in places where you could see them killing the chicken out back.” Read about Buck’s lost weekend in the definitive biography of R.E.M
  11. “You’ll never play in this town again,” stagehands at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre warned Michael Stipe on Dec. 6, 1980, when, at the end of R.E.M.’s set opening for the Police, Stipe invited fans in the front row to join him on stage. Five years later, to close out the Pageantry tour,
  12. On May 1, 1979, the Wuoggerz, featuring Bill Berry on drums, opened for the Police at the Georgia Theatre in Athens. In several key ways, the Wuoggerz were the missing link between the B-52’s and R.E.M. Read more in the definitive biography of R.E.M.
  13. “When I was in kindergarten,” Michael Stipe has recalled, “I was always a little charmer. I could charm my way in and out of anything … They called me Mike Stipe the Shining Light.” Read more about his boyhood in Maps and Legends, the definitive biography of R.E.M.
  14. “I did it for the money. They paid me well. It was deeply embarrassing.” Before he co-founded R.E.M., Michael Stipe sang Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company songs for the Athens, GA cover band Gangster. Read more in the definitive biography, Maps and Legends:
  15. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, where R.E.M. debuted 43 years ago today, “was just a rotten dumpy little shit hole where only college kids could be convinced to live,” recalls Peter Buck: “It leaked, it was cold, it had fleas. Dogs lived in the back.” “What a dump that place was, my
  16. “My main fear when I was fourteen was that Richard Nixon was going to kidnap me, shave my head, and send me to Vietnam.” Read more about Peter Buck’s teenage years in Maps and Legends, the definitive biography of R.E.M.
  17. “It’s 1986 and fun has a bad name. because people are starving in the streets and there aren’t jobs and there’s nuclear waste all over the place,” Peter Buck declared upon the release of Lifes Rich Pageant : “But, still, fun is not evil, and this time out, we wanted the record to
  18. “The only thing I ever liked about psychedelic music was those people doing dumb pop with fake Eastern stuff. I really like that absolute garbage trash shit.” Delve into Peter Buck’s lo-fi solo career in the definitive biography of R.E.M.
  19. For Green , “We’ve found a whole new songwriting technique,” explained Bill Berry at the time: “Just grab an instrument you don’t know how to play, and fool around until it sounds right.” Read more in the definitive biography of R.E.M.
  20. “R.E.M. led a bit of a charmed existence,” recalls Guadalcanal Diary’s Jeff Walls: “The way they got out there and beat the bushes had a lot to do with it, but they also looked like a band , and that was kind of rare, everyone else at the time looked like Loverboy.”

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