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Dear Readers:

This issue of the Georgia Magazine is themed around the growing, thriving music community in Athens and at the University of Georgia. With the exception of Around the Arch at the front of the book, every piece in this issue—from feature stories to profiles to the back page—showcases music, musicians, and those in the music industry, many of them UGA alumni.

In fact, we had far too much information to fit into one 56-page magazine.  On our Web site, you’ll find additional content, including first person memories and archival photos.  We are very grateful to the following organizations, which provided financial support for this issue:  The Terry College of Business, The Hugh Hodgson School of Music, and New West Records.

We also want to thank local artist Patrick Dean (BFA ’98) for creating our cover art, which features caricatures of musicians whose works have contributed to Athens’ reputation as a music city. We owe a debt of gratitute to the photographers who were willing to share their images with us: Terry Allen, Rhonda Nell Fleming, Scott Ippolito and Billy Young. We would also like to thank the many Athens musicians who provided us with interviews, images and songs.

Enjoy!

GM Staff

How many did you recognize on the cover?

1. Rhett Crowe (Guadalcanal Diary)

2. John Bell (Widespread Panic)

3. Mike Houser (Widespread Panic)

4. Cindy Wilson (B-52s)

5. Fred Mills (UGA School of Music)

6. Curtis Crowe (Pylon)

7. Randy Bewley (Pylon)

8. Vanessa Briscoe Hay (Pylon)

9. Michael Lachowski (Pylon)

10. Arvin Scott (UGA School of Music)

11. Bill Berry (R.E.M.)

12. Peter Buck (R.E.M.)

13. Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)

14. Mike Mills (R.E.M.)

15. Harold Williams (The Jesters)

Illustration by Patrick Dean