This November MTV and VH1 will air a brand new documentary about the history of R.E.M., a band that redefined what it meant to be an American band. The feature was produced by MTV - why yes, they do still occasionally make music based programming, I guess - and is slated to be included in a six DVD set that comes out on November 24, encapsulating the bulk of R.E.M.'s recorded video works, including music videos, live performances and interviews. Both of the band's performances on MTV's 'Unplugged" are included along with loads of other TV appearances and concert footage.
At first glance, the trailer for R.E.M. by MTV appears to be a dream come true for long-time fans. It's surprising that it took 33 years for a band like R.E.M. to get their first historical documentary. While the Athens, GA quartet has been the subject of concert films - some that even included footage from the road and behind the scenes - this film marks the first occasion that a film has sought to tell the story of the band and their impact on the musical landscape.
Watch the trailer for the doc below.