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Perfect Circle: The Story of R.E.M.
     

Perfect Circle: The Story of R.E.M.

by Tony Fletcher
 

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Tony Fletcher’s biography of the enigmatic quartet from Athens, Georgia, benefits not only from his long association with the band but also from the co-operation of the band itself.

However, R.E.M. – being R.E.M. – were disinclined to reveal this at the time the book was first published in 1989 and Tony was thus obliged to keep this under his

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Tony Fletcher’s biography of the enigmatic quartet from Athens, Georgia, benefits not only from his long association with the band but also from the co-operation of the band itself.

However, R.E.M. – being R.E.M. – were disinclined to reveal this at the time the book was first published in 1989 and Tony was thus obliged to keep this under his hat.

All such restrictions have since been lifted for newer editions, of which there have been several, and this latest incarnation of the book – now retitled Perfect Circle – brings the story to its natural conclusion with R.E.M.’s decision to disband in September, 2011.

Discussing fame, fortune and sexuality with the same keen eye he casts on the group's astonishing musical catalogue, Perfect Circle is neither blind fan worship nor jaundiced critical cynicism, but a balanced and thorough telling of one of the most compelling rock stories of our time.

Drawing on dozens of interviews with friends, associates and the band members themselves, this is not just the story of one group's rise through cult status, but the story of American alternative rock.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780386980
Publisher:
Omnibus Press
Publication date:
05/10/2013
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Tony Fletcher attended all three of R.E.M.'s shows on the group's first visit to the UK in 1983.  he has seen the band in concert dozens of times since and has interviewed them frequently over their 20-year career.  As well as penning earlier versions of Remarks, he is the author of the best-selling Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon and the official biography of Echo & the Bunnymen.  He lives in New York City.

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