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The Who, R.E.M., The Pretenders and more stars auctioning set lists to support youth writing programs

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Courtesy of Setlists for Young VoicesSet lists from concerts by The Who, R.E.M., Patti Smith and many other top acts are being auctioned off to raise money for a new youth writing initiative.

The program, started by novelists Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers and Michael Chabon, is called Setlists for Young Voices, and will benefit organizations including London’s Ministry of Stories and the International Congress of Youth Voices gathering in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Who set list, from a 2016 concert in Mexico City, is signed by guitarist Pete Townshend, while all four R.E.M. members autographed their two contributions, from 1989 shows in London and Mountain View, California, respectively. The Pretenders also donated two set lists to the auction, both of which are signed by frontwoman Chrissie Hynde.

Among the many other artists donating set lists: Steely Dan, Def Leppard, Patti Smith and Rush.

The set lists will go up for bid starting Monday night at 10 p.m. ET. Bidding will be open until May 2. Visit for more info.

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