Peter Buck of REM will be releasing his first solo record this Friday as a run of 2,000 vinyl copies. After REM called it quits last September, Buck, unable to play guitar while recovering from a debilitating back injury, began to flesh out what would become his first effort going it alone. Via The Guardian:

“I know I said for years that I would never make a solo record,” Buck admitted on REM‘s website. “It was never a plan or a desire, but it just kind of happened.” This is the first solo album to emerge since REM called it quits last September, but Buck has not done it alone. REM bassist Mike Mills contributed to the album, as have Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, the Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee, Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye as well as long-time collaborators Bill Rieflin and Scott McCaughey. “Not being really confident in my singing,” Buck wrote, he invited several of these friends to sing lead.

Back injuries can hurt and they can affect everybody… sometimes.

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