R.E.M. - OUT OF ATHENS - HOW R.E.M. MADE THE ALTERNATIVE MAINSTREAM (320kbs-m4a/138mb/60mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 19th October 2018
In an award-winning programme first broadcast on RTÉ, Ken Sweeney tells the story of R.E.M.'s rise to fame and how they managed to turn the alternative mainstream.
Ken travels to Georgia, to hear how R.E.M. set out from their home town of Athens as evangelists for a new alternative music which returned to simple melody and jangling guitars.
What R.E.M. achieved was beyond their wildest dreams, but it took nearly a decade for them to get there.