To answer you, I want to say one of the reasons that I am not sticking around because I find no fruition in arguing with individuals on a messageboard. R.E.M.'s relevance in the music history will not be written from the music over the past 10 years or so and the people on that site will have very little influence in that regard.
I do believe there is a story to be told. Some have done an admirable job in doing so already. I would point to Matthew Perpetua's Pop Songs site as a starting point.
I would point to Paul Butchart who I believe has a story to be told regarding the early R.E.M. days and I believe also that when all is said and done and R.E.M. have packed their bags that there will be a story to tell about them.
I read a really good article today regarding the idea of music on the internet.
Something that the article fails to mention but Jim DeRogatis mentioned is that there is going to be a need for curators for music, in this case, R.E.M. Authors like Tony Fletcher have done wonders writing books talking about this but today we have access to hundreds of bootleg R.E.M. concerts and demos and there will be a desire to start sorting through them and writing about them.
But you really cannot half-ass something and I figured any reminiscing on those old times would carry a tinge of disappointment now.
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