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    Bad news: the Tiananmen Square massacre in China, the Exxon Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska. Good news: the Berlin Wall comes down, The Simpsons debuts. In this revealing cover story, Anthony DeCurtis spends time with R.E.M., at the cusp of superstardom, in their hometown of Athens, Georgia, and gets to know the small-town boys behind one of alt-rock's greatest bands.