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38: Robert Dean Lurie / Begin the Begin, R.E.M's Early Years

Would you believe that Michael Stipe’s first song he sang on stage was Rush’s Working Man? That’s just one of the tidbits in the new book, Begin the Begin: The first biography of R.E.M. wholly researched and written since they disbanded in 2011. It offers by far the most detailed account of the group's formative years--their early lives, 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.