To celebrate, I give you a page from the book "Reveal: the Story of R.E.M." by Johnny Black.
Look, he calls me a music critic! And a man! I ain't no Mister, Mister. (Kyrie Eliason!)
Hooray for R.E.M.
They are my longest-running all-time fave-rave band and also extreme citizens of Awesomeland.
Also: to all my people -- find the river, yo. Find the river.