The group may have bowed out a few years ago, but here at BLURT the mighty R.E.M. will never die—proof being the contest at hand. Not long ago R.E.M. saw the release of R.E.M. Unplugged 1991 and 2001 (Rhino/Viacom) which documented the group’s two key appearances on the MTV Unplugged series, and they came out on both vinyl and CD. After that came R.E.M. By MTV, a very cool documentary about the band’s lengthy history with the video channel. According to the creators:
“Drawing exclusively on archival events, the film traces R.E.M. and MTV in real time, which makes it feel as exciting and immediate as it did when it was happening. ‘All the energy and momentum of both the band and the network come roaring through,’ writes Anthony DeCurtis in the set’s liner notes.”
Boy howdy to that. So we are giving away the two vinyl albums along with the MTV DVD (plus accompanying poster) to a very lucky reader. Here’s how you can enter the contest:
-email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
-tell us all the correct lyrics to R.E.M. classic “Gardening At Night”—just kidding! Tell us your favorite anecdote about the band; it can be a concert experience, a personal encounter, your first time hearing/seeing the group, etc. (Please note that we may decide to print one or more of the fan stories, so let us know if you object to having your name published, in which case we still might use it but will use a pseudonym.)
Deadline is June 15. The fan who get the thumbs up from our editorial committee will receive the swag in the mail not long after. This offer is limited to fans in North America. Make sure you include your snail mail with your entry.