R.E.M. have unveiled the first part of a new documentary that traces the creation of ‘Automatic For The People’ on the 25th anniversary of the seminal record.
The documentary is split into six sections and features contributions from Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck as they recount the story of how they created their landmark album before its eventual release in October 1992.
Along with Stipe, Mills and Buck, the documentary also sees producer Scott Litt and Led Zeppelin legend John Paul Jones opening up on their experiences recording the album.
The rest of the documentary will be released next Friday (December 8), and you can watch it here.
Meanwhile, Mike Mills recently opened up on the record with NME and discussed how the politically charged lyrics of ‘Ignoreland’ proved to be unexpectedly relevant 25 years later.
“When you write a song with that much anger, disappointment and discouragement, which is what that song is, you certainly don’t expect that it’s going to be as relevant if not more so in 25 years”, he said.
“I hoped that the world would be a much better place. Indeed, the world did in many ways become a much better place, but unfortunately humanity is a self-destructive organism. America and the British have both made some particularly self-destructive decisions lately. It’s sad to see, but that’s the way it goes. I like the Sisyphus metaphor – you’re pushing the rock up the hill, but sometimes you have to keep pushing. Hopefully it’ll be two steps forward, one back, then another two steps forward, so that you are making progress despite our own capacity for counter-productive behaviour.”