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R.E.M. to Release ‘Automatic for the People’ 25th Anniversary Edition

R.E.M.'s excellent reissue series continues this fall with a set celebrating the 25th anniversary of 'Automatic for the People.'

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30 Years Ago: R.E.M. Embark on Work Tour

A couple of weeks after releasing 'Document,' R.E.M. hit the road in September 1987 to promote their new LP, which would be their most successful yet.

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R.E.M.’s ‘Document’: The Story Behind Every Song

We've compiled links to all of our stories about the 11 songs on R.E.M.'s 1987 landmark album, 'Document.'

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30 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s ‘Document’ Drags College Rock Into the Mainstream

A Top 10 hit and a platinum album marked the end of their world as an underground sensation, but R.E.M. felt fine.

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I.R.S.

R.E.M. Departs on a Fiery Note With ‘Oddfellows Local 151′: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

R.E.M.'s bleakest album rumbles to a close with one more roundhouse political punch.

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Spencer Platt, Getty Images

R.E.M. Ponder Earthquakes and Artistry on ‘King of Birds’: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

Michael Stipe's earthquake phobia came to the forefront on this 'Document' track, set to a martial beat.

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JSP Records

R.E.M. Defy Easy Interpretation With ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins': The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

R.E.M. named the 'Document' track "Lightnin' Hopkins" after the Texas bluesman, in spite of the song's lyrics having nothing to do with the late musician.

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Denis Doyle, Getty Images

Shakers and Saxophones Get Thrown Into R.E.M.’s ‘Fireplace’: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

In writing the cryptic 'Fireplace,' R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe was inspired by a 200-year-old speech by Mother Ann Lee, leader of the Shakers.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images

R.E.M.’s ‘Houston’ Underscored the Plight of Hurricane Refugees 12 Years Before Harvey

Former First Lady Barbara Bush's comments about Katrina evacuees set off a firestorm, but also planted the seeds of a song R.E.M. would release three years later.

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IRS

R.E.M. Score a Big Hit with the Brutal ‘The One I Love’: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

If 'Document' was the turning point for R.E.M., then “The One I Love” served as the hinge. The song was released as the album's lead single in August 1987,

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