Peter Buck

guitarist for R.E.M., songwriter, record producer

Peter Lawrence Buck (born December 6, 1956 in Berkeley, California) is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for being a member of the alternative rock band R.E.M..

Peter Buck
Peter Buck on stage with R.E.M. in 2008
Background information
Birth namePeter Lawrence Buck
Born (1956-12-06) December 6, 1956 (age 63)
Berkeley, California
United States
GenresAlternative rock, college rock, jangle pop
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals
Years active1980–present
Associated actsR.E.M., Hindu Love Gods, The Minus 5, Tuatara, The Baseball Project, The Venus 3, Eels, Mark Eitzel, The Replacements, Tired Pony, Saint John and the Revelations

In 2007 Peter Buck, along with the other three members of R.E.M., was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

His main instrument that he has used for his entire music career is a back Rickenbacker 360 electric guitar. On September 9, 2008, after a concert in Helsinki, his famous black guitar was stolen. On September 18, 2008 it was given back to him. The name of the person who returned it is not known.[1]


  1. ""Peter Buck's Rickenbacker Returned! "". REM HQ. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
Buck onstage in Naples, 2008