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Sahar and Victoria Muradi collection of R. E. M. memorabilia

Sahar and Victoria Muradi collection of R. E. M. memorabilia

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sahar and Victoria Muradi collection of R. E. M. memorabilia
Creator: R.E.M. (Musical group)
Inclusive Dates: 1980-1996
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 1 oversize folders)
Collection Number: ms3901
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

R. E. M. was a popular rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. In 1981 the group received airplay on college radio with their single "Radio Free Europe," released on Hib-Tone records. The group would release several albums throughout the 1980s on I. R. S. Records, including their critically acclaimed full-length debut Murmur. They first achieved mainstream success with their 1987 single "The One I Love," and in 1988 they signed with Warner Brothers Records. The band maintained a spotlight throughout the 1990s with albums like Out of Time, Automatic for the People, and Monster. In 2007 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011, after releasing fifteen studio albums and selling more than 85 million records worldwide, the group disbanded.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of memorabilia collected by R. E. M. fans Sahar and Victoria Muradi. Printed materials include fan club newsletters, fanzines, articles from national publications, correspondence, posters, and comics. The audiovisual portion of the collection consists primarily of audiocassettes of live performances, rarities, and outakes from 1980-1996. Also included are three videocassettes of documentaries and live performances.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Though the collection is open for research, the audiovisual recordings do not have reference copies; however, reference copies are available upon request. Audiovisual research requests are dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.

Preferred Citation

Sahar and Victoria Muradi collection of R. E. M. memorabilia, ms 3901, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2014.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Alternative rock music
Fan clubs.
Fan magazines.
Journals (periodicals)
Music -- Georgia -- Athens.
R.E.M. (Musical group)

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in the Hargrett Library include Georgia Music Hall of Fame collection, ms 3837.

Related audiovisual materials from this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Printed material

11Fan club materials, 1994-1996
12Country Feedback fanzine, issues 1-7, 1993-1994
13394 Oconee fanzine, issues 1-6, 1993-1995
14Other fanzines, 1993
15Lyrics and fan correspondence, 1993-1994
16Promotional photographs (2), undated
17Magazines and newspapers, 1995-1997
18Rock the Vote booklet, 1994
19Comic books, undated
11Automatic for the People poster
12Fan club poster, 1993
13R. E. M. 95 tour souvenir book, 1995
15Official calendar, 1994
16Fan club calendar, photographs by Anton Corbijn, 1997