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John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960 in Decatur, Georgia) is the lead singer of the American rock band R.E.M. Stipe has become well-known (and occasionally parodied) for the "mumbling" style of his early career and for his complex, surreal lyrics, as well as his social and political activism. Stipe and the other members of R.E.M. are known as pioneers of alternative rock and are credited with having inspired many of the acts that went on to make up the 1990s' alternative music scene including Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Radiohead. is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the south-western Georgia county, see Decatur County, Georgia. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 by Bill Berry (drums), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Michael Stipe (vocals). ... Max Ernst. ... Activism, in a general sense, can be described as intentional action to bring about social or political change. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... This article is about the American rock band. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Radiohead are an English rock band. ...



Stipe at Glastonbury with his "Goblin" make up
Stipe at Glastonbury with his "Goblin" make up

Stipe met Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Mike Mills in 1980 while studying photography and painting at the University of Georgia. They formed R.E.M. that year and issued their debut single, "Radio Free Europe", on Hib-Tone. The song was a college radio success and the band signed to I.R.S. Records for the release of the Chronic Town EP one year later. Beginning with 1983's Murmur, R.E.M. released a series of critically acclaimed albums with a wide variety of mainstream success. A few hit singles and growing visibility as a social activist eventually made Stipe a star and also earned him a devoted fanbase. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 378 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (630 × 1000 pixel, file size: 636 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 378 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (630 × 1000 pixel, file size: 636 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, situated at a dry spot on the Somerset Levels, 50km (31 miles) south of Bristol. ... Peter Lawrence Buck (born 6 December 1956 in Berkeley, California) is the guitarist and co-founder, along with Bill Berry, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe of the alternative rock band R.E.M. // After spending time in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Buck family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. ... William Bill Thomas Berry (born July 31, 1958) was the drummer in alternative rock band R.E.M. for 17 years, before retiring from the group and becoming a farmer. ... Michael Edward Mills (born December 17, 1958 in Orange County, California) is the bass player of the band R.E.M. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Macon, Georgia in the early 60s. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1980 Record labels established in 1980 list of years in music // January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated... Photography [fәtɑgrәfi:],[foʊtɑgrәfi:] is the process of recording pictures by means of capturing light on a light-sensitive medium, such as a film or electronic sensor. ... “Painter” redirects here. ... The University of Georgia (UGA) is the largest institution of higher learning in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... Radio Free Europe (Hib-Tone version) was a 1981 single by R.E.M.. It was released on the short-lived Hib-Tone label. ... Hib-Tone was the name of an Atlanta-based recording label set up by Johnny Hibbert, a law student at the University of Georgia, in 1981. ... Campus radio (also known as college radio, university radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college, university or other educational institution. ... I.R.S. Records was a record label, started in the US in 1979 by Miles Copeland III along with Jay Boberg and Carl Grasso. ... Chronic Town is an EP released by the band R.E.M. in 1982 for I.R.S. Records. ... // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... Murmur is the first full-length album released by Athens, Georgia alternative rock band R.E.M.. Released in April 1983, Murmur was preceded by the Chronic Town EP the previous year. ...

River Phoenix was among his friends, and 1994's Monster had the dedication "For River" in the liner notes. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was also one of his close friends. According to Stipe, they planned a collaboration project, but did not manage to compose or record anything before Cobain's death. He is also godfather of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.[1] River Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an Academy Award and Golden Globe- nominated American film actor. ... Monster is R.E.M.s ninth album, and their fourth major label release for Warner Bros. ... This article is about the American rock band. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967, Aberdeen, – c. ... Courtney Love Cobain[1] (born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician and Golden Globe-nominated actress. ... Frances Bean Cobain (born August 18, 1992) is the only child of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole frontwoman Courtney Love. ...

Rock legend Patti Smith has been a great source of inspiration for Stipe. Listening to her debut album Horses when he was 15 made a huge impact on him, and fuelled his creativity. Smith sings the backing vocals on "E-Bow the Letter". Stipe and the other band members are also friendly with the members of Radiohead due in part to Radiohead's stint as the opening act on R.E.M.'s 1995 tour in support of Monster. On Radiohead's 2003 tour, Stipe occasionally sang lead vocals on the song "Lucky". Likewise, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke credits Stipe as being an integral part in his personal life as he helped him deal with depression issues in the late '90s. Specifically, the title for the Radiohead song "How to Disappear Completely" originates from advice that Stipe gave Yorke. Patricia Lee (Patti) Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American musician, singer, and poet. ... Horses is the debut album by Patti Smith released in November 1975, produced by John Cale. ... E-Bow the Letter was the first single off of R.E.M.s tenth studio album New Adventures in Hi-Fi. ... Radiohead are an English rock band. ... Lucky was a promotional single for Radiohead. ... Thomas Edward Yorke (born October 7, 1968 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England) is an English musician, best known as the lead singer of the band Radiohead. ...

Stipe was once very close to fellow singer Natalie Merchant and has recorded a few songs with her, including one entitled "Photograph" which appeared on a pro-choice benefit album entitled Born to Choose and they have appeared live with Peter Gabriel singing Gabriel's single "Red Rain". Natalie Anne OShea Merchant (born October 26, 1963 in Jamestown, New York, U.S.) is a professional musician. ... Issues of discussion Pro-choice describes the political and ethical view that a woman should have complete control over her fertility and pregnancy. ... Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950, in Chobham,[1] Surrey, England) is an English musician. ... Red Rain is the first track on Peter Gabriels solo album So. ...

In 1998, Stipe published a collection called Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith and worked on Single Cell, a film production company which released several arthouse / indie movies (Velvet Goldmine, starring Ewan McGregor, as well as Being John Malkovich, American Movie in 1999, American Psycho in 2000 and Saved! in 2004). The company as a whole recently purchased the rights to Canadian author Douglas Coupland's All Families are Psychotic and is considering it as a film. See also: 1998 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1998 Record labels established in 1998 // 1998 - The single Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls sets a new hot 100 airplay record, 18 weeks at number one. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Velvet Goldmine is a 1998 film directed and co-written by Todd Haynes. ... Ewan Gordon McGregor (born March 31, 1971) (IPA pronunciation: [1]) is a Scottish actor who has had significant success in mainstream, indie and art house films. ... Being John Malkovich is a 1999 film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. ... American Movie is a documentary about the making of an independent film. ... This article is about the year. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Saved! is a 2004 teen comedy film involving elements of religious satire written by Brian Dannelly and Michael Urban, and directed by Dannelly. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Douglas Coupland (born December 30, 1961) is a major Canadian fiction writer as well as a playwright and visual artist. ...

He wrote haiku for a book published by Soft Skull Press called The Haiku Year. For the operating system, see Haiku (operating system). ...

In 2006, Stipe released an EP that comprised six different cover versions of Joseph Arthur's "In The Sun" for the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief fund. One version, recorded in a collaboration with Coldplay's Chris Martin, reached number one on the Canadian Singles Chart.[1]. Also in 2006, Stipe appeared on the song "Broken Promise" on the Placebo release Meds. Continuing his non-R.E.M. work in 2006, Stipe sang the song "L'Hôtel" on the tribute album to Serge Gainsbourg entitled Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited and appeared on the song "Dancing on the Lip of a Volcano" on the New York Dolls album "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This". Joseph Arthur (born September 28, 1971) is a contemporary singer-songwriter from Akron, Ohio, known for his melodic compositions combined with swirling choruses. ... In The Sun is the second single from Joseph Arthurs second studio album Come to Where Im From. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Coldplay are an English rock band. ... This article is about the Coldplay musician. ... Placebo is an alternative rock band currently consisting of Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal. ... Meds is Placebos fifth album. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The New York Dolls are a rock band formed in New York City in 1971. ... One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This is the third studio album by the New York Dolls. ...

Personal life

Rumors that Stipe might be gay, or at least bisexual, began to circulate as soon as R.E.M. became big enough to draw attention. "I felt forced to talk about my sexuality, my queerness, just because I felt like I was being looked on as a coward for not talking about it, and I abhor that," he explained in 1998.[2] "I thought it was dead obvious to everyone all along - I was wearing skirts and mascara in 1981, on-stage and in photo-shoots. All the lyrics I have written, for the most part, with a few exceptions, are really gender unspecific."

Around 1992, rumors that Stipe had contracted HIV began to spread. "I know it bothered Michael's family," Peter Buck said in 1999. "No matter how much you tell your loved ones you're not dying, it's worrying for them to read it in the paper all the time. Still, as you can see, Michael's perfectly healthy. Stronger than I am."[3] Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ...

Stipe decided not to make a statement when the rumors began to spread. "This might be really naïve, but my number one reason was – this is incredibly naïve, in retrospect – but I really felt like there are a lot of people who might respect me, for whatever reason, because of the music or just because I’m a celebrity, that think that [the AIDS story] about me might impact them in the way they handle their own private affairs, or in the way they thought about people who were HIV positive or who had AIDS. And, number two, I felt like it was a ludicrous claim and I didn’t feel like sinking to kibbles-and-bits journalism to even respond to it. It was spawned from a ridiculous series of little things and I didn’t feel like it was worth answering."[4]

According to Stipe, he did not start the rumor and he does not know who did. "Not that I can tell. I wore a hat that said 'White House Stop AIDS'. I’m skinny. I’ve always been skinny, except in 1985 when I looked like Marlon Brando, the last time I shaved my head. I was really sick then. Eating potatoes. I think AIDS hysteria would obviously and naturally extend to people who are media figures and anybody of indecipherable or unpronounced sexuality. Anybody who looks gaunt, for whatever reason. Anybody who is associated, for whatever reason – whether it's a hat, or the way I carry myself – as being queer-friendly."[4] Marlon Brando, Jr. ...

In an interview, Stipe said he likes his sexuality being indecipherable. "Yeah. I kind of like gender-fucking. We’ve done it from the beginning. I think the songs should be heard by anybody and not necessarily have a male voice. I have written certain songs from what I consider to be a very female perspective, where the protagonist of the song was, in fact, female. 'Sweetness Follows' is the most recent and obvious example of that. To me, it’s a very female song. I like fucking around with that stuff. Blurring the edges a little bit. I don’t really like binary thought, no matter where it lands. And I think sexuality is a really slippery thing. I think a lot of people agree with me."

In a 2001 Time interview, Stipe described himself as a "queer artist" and revealed that he had been in a relationship with "an amazing man" for three years at that point.[5] In previous interviews he has described himself as "an equal opportunity lech"[6] and said he doesn't define himself as gay, straight, or bisexual, but that he was attracted to and had relationships with both men and women.[7] Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... “TIME” redirects here. ... The word queer has traditionally meant strange or unusual, but it is also currently often used in reference to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual communities. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... the quality or state of extending in one direction without turns, bends or curves; or being without influence or interruption the personal character of displaying honesty or fairness Straight, a poker hand containing five cards in sequential order a heterosexual person a type of punch used in boxing, also commonly... In human sexuality, bisexuality describes a man or woman having a sexual orientation to persons of either or both sexes (a man or woman who sexually likes both sexes; people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to both males and females). ...

Himself a vegetarian, in the mid 1990s Stipe opened a vegetarian restaurant and juice bar, called Guaranteed, in Athens.[8] The restaurant was not successful and the site is now (as of 2007) an ice cream parlor. Although he is not involved in its operation Stipe owns the building housing The Grit, a much more successful vegetarian eatery well-known for attracting both local and touring musicians. For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Grit is a popular vegetarian restaurant in Athens, Georgia, U.S.A. Although it attracts a diverse clientele The Grit is perhaps best known for its relationship to the Athens music scene. ...


For releases with R.E.M., see R.E.M. discography
  • With Community Trolls: "Tainted Obligation" (1983) on To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet (2002).

This page lists albums, singles and compilations by the band R.E.M., alongside their chart positions, release date (U.S.), and sales achievements in the U.S. and UK. // The Best of R.E.M.† (September 30, 1991) a United Kingdom-only compilation of I.R.S. material. ... In 1993 Michael Stipe and Matthew Sweet wrote and recorded three songs together under the name Community Trolls. ...


Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In The Sun is the second single from Joseph Arthurs second studio album Come to Where Im From. ... This article is about the Coldplay musician. ...

Compilation Albums

Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films is a 1988 tribute album recorded by Various artists performing songs from Disney films. ... The term Various Artists is used in the record industry when numerous singers and musicians collaborate on a song or collection of songs. ...


  1. ^ Flynn, Paul (January 2006). oh, frances! (reprint). i-d magazine. Retrieved on 2007-06-05.
  2. ^ VH1.Behind the Music R.E.M., orig airdate 1998-12-08.
  3. ^ Q Magazine, May 1999
  4. ^ a b Q Magazine, October 1994
  5. ^ Farley, Christopher John. "Michael Stipe and the Ageless Boys of R.E.M.", Time, Time Inc., 2001-05-16. Retrieved on 2007-06-05. 
  6. ^ Esquire magazine, April 1999
  7. ^ Q magazine, April 1999
  8. ^ Vegetarian Times. July 1995

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... Christopher John Farley is an American journalist. ... “TIME” redirects here. ... Time Inc. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Esquire is a magazine for men owned by the Hearst Corporation. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ...

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