The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Induction category: Performer


The rise of R.E.M. from cult heroes to superstars during the New Wave era proved that deserving, non-gimmicky American rock bands could still make it on their own terms. R.E.M.’s example of inspiration, hard work and self-belief served as a beacon that illuminated an alternative path for many musicians in the Eighties and Nineties. Without R.E.M., it’s hard to imagine the alt-rock, indie-rock and college-rock movements of the last two decades. The patient, deliberate way in which R.E.M.’s career unfolded could serve as a textbook example on balancing art and commerce without compromise. As David Fricke wrote in Rolling Stone, ...

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“We as a band continually look forward, so it’s really fantastic that someone, especially the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are looking backward to recognize the work we’ve done. I’m just really honored that they thought of us.”

- Michael Stipe, lead singer of R.E.M. The band was inducted in 2007

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