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What did the alternative American spirit look like in 1985? Like this probably. Bill Berry, guitar in hand, earring dangling, cuffs undone, caught in mid-air by photographer Tom Sheehan. A reminder that the Stars and Stripes wasn’t the property of Ronald Reagan and the Republican party alone.
That year Berry’s bandmates REM were promoting their third album, Fables of the Reconstruction, and were not quite the mainstream proposition they would become after their 1987 album Document. In 1988, 30 years ago, the release of their sixth album Green cemented their place as America’s most important rock band.
Melody Maker photographer Sheehan first met the band in 1984 and spent the next two decades taking some of the most iconic images of Michael Stipe, Berry, Peter Buck and Mike Mills. He has now gathered his photographs together in a new book. Berry would leave REM in 1997 and the others would continue playing together until 2011. This is a reminder of younger days.
REM: Athens, Georgia – REM in Photographs 1984-2005, by Tom Sheehan, £48 & £70 for super-deluxe edition. For more details visit thefloodgallery.com © Tom Sheehan
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