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Sharps and Flats

Still, for long-time fans, for those who took to Facebook yesterday with memories and old performance clips, yesterday’s break-up felt like a death in the family. R.E.M. were more than just a band; they represented an aesthetic preference. In contrast to U2, the kings of secular sincerity, R.E.M. made themselves vulnerable in a very human way. They were a smart band who stood for substantial things and weren’t afraid to be totally, delightfully weird. The group’s stubborn unorthodoxy…

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