R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails, The Who, Patti Smith and more to auction classic setlists for charity

Get your hands on a piece of history

R.E.M., The Who and Patti Smith are among the artists auctioning off setlists from classic shows for charity.

Setlists from a host of revered musicians were posted for an online auction last night (April 23), and can be bid on until May 2.

Known as Setlists for Young Voices, the initiative features setlists from R.E.M.’s 1989 Wembley Arena show, The Who’s Mexico City performance in 2016 ( signed by Pete Townshend) and Janelle Monáe’s recent Coachella appearance.


Organised by authors Dave Eggers, Nick Hornby (writer of High Fidelity), and Michael Chabon, the auction will see proceeds go towards Ministry of Stories and The International Congress of Youth Voices.

“We’re hoping to raise about $50,000,” said Eggers. “That will have a powerful impact on more than 150 student writers at the Ministry of Stories and writing centers worldwide.”

Patti Smith’s handwritten lists are expected to be some of the most sought after, the most expensive of which sits at $127.50. R.E.M.’s setlist from the Shoreline Amphitheatre (1989), however, is currently the priciest, expected to reach $355.

A full list – which also includes setlists from Nine Inch Nails, Dixie Chicks, Mitski, Death Cab For Cutie, and A$AP Rocky – can be viewed here.