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Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years Paperback – Illustrated, May 14, 2019

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"The start of R.E.M and the rise of the Athens, GA music scene has been the subject of countless books, but few crackle with the ring of truth of Robert Dean Lurie's fascinating new volume Begin the Begin." --James Mann, The Big Takeover

"Meticulously researched and always elegantly written,
Begin the Begin is a critical but glorious tribute to its subject. It's hard to believe that there will ever be another book that contributes more to an enlightened enjoyment of the work of R.E.M." --Christopher Sandford, author of Bowie: Loving the Alien

"Hope, yearning, and fear are visceral here, and the portrait painted is of something joyous, mad, and brilliant all at once." --David Guterson, author of
Snow Falling on Cedars

"This beautiful, joyful book is more than a biography-- it's a deep exploration of art and its bloody relationship with business, a meditation on the South, on youth and love, on family and fame, and an intelligent return to the soundtrack of the 1980s. Lurie is a wise, funny and thoughtful guide. He doesn't just care about music in these pages. Nothing escapes his rapt attention-- architecture, politics, books, culture. The result is an intricate, very interesting tapestry of our collective past." --Rebecca Lee, author of
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Robert Dean Lurie's other books include "No Certainly Attached: Steve Kilbey and the Church" (2009) and "We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie" (2016).
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Verse Chorus Press; Illustrated edition (May 14, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1891241680
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1891241680
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches
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Robert Dean Lurie is a writer and musician based in Tempe, Arizona. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the author of 'Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years,' 'We Can Be Heroes: The Radical Individualism of David Bowie,' and 'No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church.'

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