“The Fandom That Made Me R.E.M.” (Guardian.com)

“For a teenager steeped in Welsh choir music, Michael Stipe’s kaleidoscope of artistic influences – and mega-success – were too irresistible not to follow.”

In this poignant essay for The Guardian, Jude Rogers of the UK looks at the impact the band had on her formative years growing up in the south of Wales. She was 14 years old when she saw the video for “Drive” and from that moment forward, her love for the music never wavered.

Read “The Fandom That Made Me R.E.M.” here.