December 6: Happy birthday Peter Buck

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Almost all the fans I meet are pretty cool people. They’re intelligent and tend to think about things a bit more than your average rock’n’roll fans: sensible people I wouldn’t mind having a drink with.
~Peter Buck

Eddie Vedder inducts REM Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions 2007:

Find The River – unplugged:

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Peter Lawrence Buck
Born December 6, 1956 (age 58)
Berkeley, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock, college rock,jangle pop
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, mandolin, banjo,keyboards, bass guitar, electric sitar, Appalachian dulcimer,drums
Years active 1980–present

Peter Lawrence Buck (born December 6, 1956) is an American rock guitarist who is best known for playing in and co-founding alternative rock band R.E.M.

The One I Love (Perfect Square ’04):

Throughout his career with R.E.M., which was founded in 1980, Buck has also been an official member of various ‘side project’ groups. These groups include Hindu Love Gods, The Minus 5, Tuatara, The Baseball Project, Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 and Tired Pony each of which have released at least one full-length album. Additionally, another side project group called Full Time Men released an EP while Buck was a member; ad hoc “supergroups” Bingo Hand Job (Billy Bragg and R.E.M.) and Nigel & The Crosses (Robyn Hitchcock, Peter Buck, Glenn Tilbrook and others) have each commercially released one track; and a current side project group called Slow Music plays semi-regular gigs.

Buck also has a notable career as a record producer (including releases by Uncle Tupelo, Dreams So Real, The Fleshtones, Charlie Pickett, Saint John and the Revelations, and The Feelies), as well as a session musician (for the likes of The Replacements, Billy Bragg, and Eels.)

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The Great Beyond:

Album of the day:

Automatic For The People (1992)

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Turning away from the sweet pop of Out of Time, R.E.M. created a haunting, melancholy masterpiece with Automatic for the People. At its core, the album is a collection of folk songs about aging, death, and loss, but the music has a grand, epic sweep provided by layers of lush strings, interweaving acoustic instruments, and shimmering keyboards. Automatic for the People captures the group at a crossroads, as they moved from cult heroes to elder statesmen, and the album is a graceful transition into their new status. It is a reflective album, with frank discussions on mortality, ….. read more @ allmusic
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  1. Drive – 0:00
  2. Try Not to Breathe – 4:32
  3. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite – 8:22
  4. Everybody Hurts – 12:31
  5. New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 – 17:51
  6. Sweetness Follows – 20:07
  7. Monty Got a Raw Deal – 24:29
  8. Ignoreland – 27:47
  9. Star Me Kitten – 32:16
  10. Man on the Moon – 35:31
  11. Nightswimming – 40:45
  12. Find the River – 45:03


– Egil