BerkleeICE Series: Bertis Downs Talks About R.E.M.’s Path to Success

Seated in front of a full house at Cafe 939 recently, Bertis Downs recounted his career as the manager of indie rock icons R.E.M. and advised students not to follow his path.

“It’s a really, really unusual, unlikely one, especially today,” Downs said at a Creative Entrepreneurship Lecture series talk hosted by BerkleeICE and its founding managing director, Panos Panay. “Hooking your star to a wagon and expecting that to be the right one—I mean, I didn’t expect it—and it was pretty unlikely then.”

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