Sleeve Notes: REM call it a day

Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills called it quits, but Queen are soldiering on … with a little help from some stand-ins

Reactions to the REM split

Dave Simpson heralds the end of an era

REM: the band that taught alternative rock how to grow old with dignity, says Dorian Lynskey

Jude Rogers highlights the best of REM on YouTube

Picture gallery – REM over the years

Vote for your favourite REM album in our poll

In other news this week

Queen are recruiting an official tribute band

Bloc Party singer concerned he may be sacked

Tony Bennett apologises for suggesting US provoked 9/11

Foo Fighters serenade anti-gay protesters with song about "man muffins" has had a revamp. Let us know what you think.

We asked @guardianmusic Twitter followers what their favourite music documentaries are

Woodstock. So many iconic moments and performances but even better - no talking heads

Nick Drake: A Skin Too Few - beautifully shot, thoughtful interviews, and it has a lovely filmic quality

Crossing the Bridge about music scene in Istanbul by Fatih Akin. Opened up a whole new world of music for me.

Blur, Starshaped. Brilliant. Shows the actual function of touring. Fights, fallouts, hangovers, gigs.

Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies. Repulsive, yet often hilarious documentary of the most notorious punk ever

Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks. Like the band, strange, colourful, sad, life-affirming

Sigur Ros' "Heima" is a perfectly filmed and is a beautiful documentary both for the locations of film and music.

Oil City Confidential. Because it captures its subjects perfectly and because it looks like Bladerunner.

Dig! Just the best ever. Changed how I perceive the careerism in music.

Instrument (about Fugazi) as it gives an insight into a really enigmatic band, and has some amazing live footage.

My favourite album series continues

Alex Needham on Station to Station by David Bowie

Michael Cragg on Homogenic by Björk

Dafydd Goff on Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses

Miranda Sawyer on 13 by Blur

David Shariatmadari on Transformer by Lou Reed

Things to listen to

Brett Anderson visits the Guardian studios to play his new single Brittle Heart

Ryan Adams performs an acoustic version of Chains of Love, from forthcoming album Ashes & Fire

Exclusive stream of Zola Jesus' new album Conatus

New York singer Bell covers Aaliyah's Are You That Somebody

Half of Mini Viva teams up with synth-pop duo Monarchy

And finally

Ryan Adams discusses career self-sabotage, tea, and his new album

Maggoty Lamb experiences futility and self-loathing thanks to Kasabian and Q magazine

Have a look at our new blog about old music


Adam Boult

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