On April 5, 1980, R.E.M. made their live debut at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. A decade later, the church made way for condos, but its iconic steeple has remained. Nuçi’s Space, a nonprofit health and music resource center, now owns the steeple, and it has received donations from various Athens music luminaries as part of an Indiegogo campaign to restore this local rock’n’roll landmark.
R.E.M., the B-52s, Pylon, Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, Of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control/Circulatory System and Danger Mouse are among those contributing to the campaign, which kicks off today and runs through December 12. Donors can receive various music-related items, including Rickenbacker guitars signed by the original members of R.E.M., memorabilia autographed by Neutral Milk Hotel and bricks that had to removed from the steeple.
For more information, visit the Indiegogo campaign or scroll down to see the space and watch a video about the restoration project.