40 Watt Club
The club soon moved across the street to a space above a restaurant, and it officially opened for business in May 1980, with the Side Effects playing. Now at its sixth downtown Athens location, the 40 Watt is housed in a former furniture mart at 285 West Washington Street. The club opened at this site in April 1990, and R.E.M. played an acoustic set there in June 1991 to promote their album Out of Time.
Most up-and-coming and established small-venue acts make a point of playing at the 40 Watt Club, in the town Rolling Stone magazine in 2003 called the best college music scene in the country.
Rodger Lyle Brown, Party out of Bounds: The B-52's, R.E.M., and the Kids Who Rocked Athens, Georgia (New York: Plume, 1991).
Marcus Gray, "Maps and Legends," in It Crawled from the South: An R.E.M. Companion (New York: Da Capo, 1997), 141-69.
Jim Greer, "Athens, Georgia," in R.E.M.: Behind the Mask (Boston: Little, Brown. 1992), 12-37.
Stephanie L. Gordon, Auburn University
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