Mike Morrell

Opti-mystic meditations: Spirit. Culture. Permaculture.

R.E.M. Live from the Raleigh Underground – October 10, 1982

I’ve lived in Raleigh, North Carolina for nearly seven years. By and large, I love Raleigh – but not all areas equally. Probably my favorite spaces are Hillsborough Street (where my comic shop, Foundation’s Edge, is, as well as awesome restaurants like Neomonde and our local Chipotle), and various pockets of downtown. My least favorite area is North Hills, which is yuppie central – being there really tests my nonviolent commitments. A step or two less intense than North Hills is Cameron Village, which is pretty commercial, and relatively culturally void, save for 10,000 Villages.

Imagine my shock the other day when YouTube recommends I watch this very early R.E.M. show from 1982:


Raleigh Underground? I ask myself. Is there a Raleigh, England or something? But no – this was a thing:

In the same way Cameron Village itself was modeled after a shopping plaza in Kansas City, The Village Subway was modeled after the Atlanta Underground. It was a series of restaurants, clubs, boutiques, fashion stores, and a few other shops. Some of the night clubs were The Frog & Nightgown, Cafe Deja Vu, Elliot’s Nest, The Pier, Skyline, The Bear’s Den, and the Midnight Express…

More here.

Enjoy the really young Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, & Co. – positively collegiate!

About Mike Morrell

Mike is the Communications Director for the Integral Theology think-tank Presence International, co-founder of The Buzz Seminar, and a founding organizer of the Wild Goose Festival. Mike curates contemplative and community experiences via Authentic World, Relational Yoga, the ManKind Project, and (H) Opp, taking joy in holding space for the extraordinary transformation that can take place at the intersection of anticipation, imagination, and radical acceptance. Mike is also an avid writer, publishing consultant, author coach, futurist, and curator of the book-reviewing community at TheSpeakeasy.info. He lives with his wife and two daughters in North Carolina.

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  1. It wasn’t the Raleigh Underground, it was the Cameron Village Subway and it was amazing. The Pier (where REM played) was gone by the time I moved to Raleigh (1983), but there were still some rockin’ clubs down there In fact, from Wednesday to Sunday, you could find amazing live music all over the Triangle. Alas, those days are gone and Raleigh is about as bland as a city can be.

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