Saturday, September 21, 2019

the last book I ever read (Begin the Begin: R.E.M.’s Early Years by Robert Dean Lurie, excerpt thirteen)

from Begin the Begin: R.E.M.’S Early Years by Robert Dean Lurie:

The new Mrs. Buck moved into her husband’s quasi mansion just outside of downtown: a large, turreted house with a long wraparound porch that Billy Holmes refers to as “the Ghost and Mr. Chicken house,” due to its resemblance to the haunted mansion in the Don Knotts film of that name (it was more popularly known as “Buck Manor”). Perhaps in an effort to complete the gothic vibe, Buck purchased a hearse from a local funeral home, which passersby would often see parked in the driveway.

All these years later, Barrie is no longer married to Peter Buck, but she still lives in the house. She owns and manages the 40 Watt, as she has done since the late ‘80s—first in partnership with Jared Bailey and later on her own. Her ex-husband still plays at the Watt from time to time. The current whereabouts of the hearse are unknown.

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