Event date: 
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Event Location

The Foundry Athens
295 E Dougherty St
Athens, GA 30601

Avid Bookshop presents Robert Dean Lurie for his book, Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years. This event will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2019, from 6:30-10:30pm at The Foundry in downtown Athens and is ticketed. All ticket proceeds support Artist2Artist's program to address veterans and suicide prevention by providing emotional support animals to veterans suffering PTSD. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book to get it signed by the author!

You can purchase this event book online from Avid Bookshop here


Robert Dean Lurie's biography is the first completely researched and written since R.E.M. disbanded in 2011. It offers by far the most detailed account of their formative years--the early lives of the band members, their first encounters with one another, their legendary debut show, early tours in the back of a van, initial recordings, their shrewdly paced rise to fame.

The people and places of the American South are crucial to the R.E.M. story in ways much more complex and interesting than have been presented thus far, says Lurie, who explores the myriad ways in which the band's adopted hometown of Athens, Georgia, and the South in general, have shaped its members and the character and style of their art. The South is more than the background to this story; it plays a major role: the creative ferment that erupted in Athens and gripped many of its young inhabitants in the late 70s and early 80s drew on regional traditions of outsider art and general cultural out-thereness, and gave rise to a free-spirited music scene that produced the B-52's and Pylon, and laid the ground for R.E.M.'s subsequent breakout success.

Lurie has tracked down and interviewed numerous figures in the band's history who were under-represented in or even absent from earlier biographies, and they contribute previously undocumented stories and cast a fresh light on the familiar narrative.


6:30pm–8pm: The evening will begin with a book signing with critically-acclaimed author Robert Dean Lurie.

8pm–10:30pm: Coming to us all the way from Western New York, Dead Letter Office will be performing.

Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years Cover Image
ISBN: 9781891241680
Availability: In our warehouse - should ship in 5-7 business days.
Published: Verse Chorus Press - May 14th, 2019