‘When REM broke up, the feeling was that we could do whatever we wanted. That alone was enough to allow me to not only indulge my various passions in music, but also to give me time to breathe’

He was once the musical engine of one of the biggest bands in rock history. But eight years on from the demise of REM, Peter Buck has happily veered off the highway and headed for the hills, writes Tony Clayton-Lea

12th May, 2019
‘When REM broke up, the feeling was that we could do whatever we wanted. That alone was enough to allow me to not only indulge my various passions in music, but also to give me time to breathe’
Peter Buck on stage in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2018 Pic: WireImage

Something most unusual is happening right now: Peter Buck is actually sitting down and taking time out from being one of the busiest musicians on Earth. Relaxing, however, doesn’t mean he has time to update his knowledge of current affairs. Speaking from Seattle, where he’s visiting his teenage twins Zelda and Zoe, Buck’s internal radio is tuned permanently into music.

“I don’t watch television or movies, I don’t read...

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