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R.E.M.: Murmur of the heart

Julie Panebianco, Boston Rock, 1 June 1983

PALE FROM lack of sleep combined with a terrific hangover, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is perched on a barstool, swallowing aspirin. The employees of the Living Room in Providence are scurrying around, readying the club for the sold-out show; the band's roadies are on stage readying for soundcheck; the other members of R.E.M. — lead voice Michael Stipe, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry — wander restlessly in and out of their dressing room.

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