R.E.M.'s Murmur (33 1/3 Series)

  • by J. Niimi
  • Narrated by Fred Berman
  • 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

R.E.M.'s debut album, released in 1983, was so far removed from the prevailing trends of American popular music that it still sounds miraculous and out of time today.J. Niimi tells the story of the album's genesis - with fascinating input from Don Dixon and Mitch Easter. He also investigates Michael Stipe's hypnotic, mysterious lyrics, and makes the case for Murmur as a work of Southern Gothic art.

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Audible Editor Reviews

J. Niimi begins his entry to the 33 1/3 series with a sequence of quotes on poetry and art one of which is from R.E.M. frontman Michael Stype: "Don't dissect us in a clinical linear way; come at it from somewhere else." To that end he analyzes their debut album, Murmur, track by track, and it's lyrical content, but with an ear for the vaguer qualities of art. He presents it as a Southern gothic work of art, describing Athens, Georgia and the America of the early '80s. Fred Berman performs the audiobook with his warm and smooth voice adding to the satisfying and interesting experience of Niimi's cultural and musical musings centered around one of the heralding works of the American indie music movement.

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Pretentious horse sh-t

If you, like I, love this album, do not buy this book or the audio file. I am ashamed that I spent money on this. The author goes WAAAAYYYYYY off topic for the sake of proving some opaque, pseudo-intellectual discourse on everything from "Southern Gothic" to reverb. While both of the aforementioned qualities may be attributed to Murmur, one DOES NOT need some deprived drummer to wax philosophical on mere speculations. I am astounded that this fine book series (33) allowed for this tripe to be published. God bless free thinking minds, and f-ck all those who waste others' time and money. Listen to the music and enjoy your own trip. I hear enough of this sh-t at college.
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- Ben

A must for all REM fans and, or, recording geeks.

If you love the album like I do, you'll, at least, like the book. If you love the record and are into recording, you'll love the book!
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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios