Biography on R.E.M.’s Early Years To Be Published in May
An unauthorized biography of R.E.M.’s formative years will be published on May 14, 2019, via Verse Chorus Press. Written by Robert Dean Lurie (author of books on David Bowie and Australian band The Church), "Begin the Begin: R.E.M.’s Early Years" includes commentary and insight from numerous figures in the band’s history who were underrepresented in, or absent from, earlier biographies on the band from Athens, Georgia.
The first biography of R.E.M. wholly researched and written since they disbanded in 2011, the book is promoted as offering the most detailed account of the group’s formation and development – “their early lives, their first encounters with one another, their legendary debut show, early tours in the back of a van, initial recordings and their shrewdly paced rise to fame.”