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R.E.M. Talk About the Passion
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The voices of nearly sixty R.E.M. insiders--friends, musicians, producers, and industry colleagues--comprise an unusal, unadulterated history of one rock's most innovative, integrity-driven bands. Besides new photos and an updated discography, the author has added two new chapters that discuss recent events: the making of Monster and New Adventures in Hi-Fi; the band's first world tour in five years; drummer Bill Berry's aneurysm and departure from the band; the controversial dismissal of R.E.M.'s manager Jefferson Holt; and much more. "It's like a bunch of people arguing at the laundromat, which is exactly what makes this book so entertaining."--Rolling Stone "This--in abundant detail--is R.E.M.'s extraordinary story." --Kurt Loder, MTV News "Fast-paced, gossipy and surprisingly non-hagiographical...The skillfully arranged anecdotes give...
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The voices of nearly sixty R.E.M. insiders--friends, musicians, producers, and industry colleagues--comprise an unusal, unadulterated history of one rock's most innovative, integrity-driven bands. Besides new photos and an updated discography, the author has added two new chapters that discuss recent events: the making of Monster and New Adventures in Hi-Fi; the band's first world tour in five years; drummer Bill Berry's aneurysm and departure from the band; the controversial dismissal of R.E.M.'s manager Jefferson Holt; and much more.

"It's like a bunch of people arguing at the laundromat, which is exactly what makes this book so entertaining."--Rolling Stone

"This--in abundant detail--is R.E.M.'s extraordinary story." --Kurt Loder, MTV News

"Fast-paced, gossipy and surprisingly non-hagiographical...The skillfully arranged anecdotes give a human flavor of the band that no text-drenched biography has managed to broach...The pages flash by."--Q Magazine

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About Denise

"Denise Sullivan represents the insider intellectual stamina of rock 'n' roll journalism without the pomp and pretense. She is the past and future of the form, rolled into one uncanny style."...

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Published Reviews

Aug.18.2011

Tellingly, Sullivan paints with condensed strokes, documenting in succinct sections how the music segued with powerful protest movements to smash disfranchisement and rouse sometimes fleeting victories,...

Aug.18.2011

A pleasing survey of soul music, from Lead Belly to Johnny Otis to Michael Franti to Louis Farrakhan.