Perfect Circle: The Story of REM

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Tony Fletcher's biography of the enigmatic quartet from Athens, Georgia, benefits not only from Tony's long association with the band but also by 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 rock.

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Tony Fletcher is the author of biographies on The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, Keith Moon and more. A native of Britain who lives with his family in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, he first saw R.E.M. in concert in London in 1983; he last saw them in concert in New York in 2008 on their final tour. At R.E.M.'s request, he wrote the sleeve notes for the 1991 compilation The Best of R.E.M., and the 2008 Deluxe Edition of Reckoning. In 2007 he gave the keynote talk at 'R.E.M. In Perspective,' a symposium held in their Athens, Georgia hometown.

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