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R.E.M. by MTV (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 November 2014 (USA)
On April 5, 1980 four college pals-Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe-took the stage together for the first time to play at a friend's birthday party. The band they ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bill Berry Bill Berry ... Self
Jay Boberg Jay Boberg ... Self
Peter Buck ... Self
Stephen Colbert ... Self
Neil Cole ... MTV Host
Ian Copeland Ian Copeland ... Self
Don Dixon Don Dixon ... Self
Mitch Easter Mitch Easter ... Self
Don Gehman Don Gehman ... Self
John Keane John Keane ... Self
Kurt Loder ... Self
Courtney Love ... Self
Pat McCarthy Pat McCarthy ... Self
Mike Mills Mike Mills ... Self
Jane Pratt Jane Pratt ... Self
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On April 5, 1980 four college pals-Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe-took the stage together for the first time to play at a friend's birthday party. The band they started that night stayed together for thirty years and changed the shape of rock music. R.E.M. By MTV tells R.E.M.'s story in their own words, through three decades of performances and interviews R.E.M gave to MTV channels in the USA and around the world. Featuring revealing, never-before-seen footage, R.E.M. By MTV tells the amazing story of a band that did it their own way, and changed how a generation of musicians after them did it, too. Written by MTV

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Official Sites:

Official R.E.M. Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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Viacom Music Group See more »
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Color

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16:9 HD
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28 June 2015 | by Jonas1969See all my reviews

This is a movie for the fans of REM especially but I hope everyone else finds it and through it finds REM.

I guess that shows how biased I am - I am a fan of REM. My introduction to the band was however a bit slow to warm up: Some friends who's taste in music I respected loved REM but the songs I'd heard on the radio were Popsong 89' and Shiny Happy People and I really did not like either song. When I was made to listen to the Green album however it was the beginning of a long musical relationship.

I'm sharing that story as an illustration of the diversity of the band's music and I did feel that that came through in this documentary. By using mostly (or maybe only) existing footage from the entire career of REM one does put together a picture of a very diverse group of creative people that somehow not only survived longer than most bands but also managed to create some of the most enduring pop music throughout that time.

The film doesn't get bogged down in politics or controversies that have existed but fairly portrays them and while these merit a film of their own it probably makes it more generally palatable and I think a film most people can enjoy.


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