Michael Stipe

Singer For R.e.m.

John Michael Stipe is an American singer, lyricist and visual artist. He was the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their dissolution in 2011. Stipe is noted and occasionally parodied for the "mumbling" style of his early career as well as his social and political activism. He was in charge of R.E.M. 's visual image; often selecting album artwork and directing many of the band's music videos.… Read More

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1960 Birth John Michael Stipe was born in Decatur, Georgia, on January 4, 1960. … Read More
1962 2 Years Old His younger sister, Lynda Stipe, was born in 1962 and would become the vocalist of her own band Hetch Hetchy. … Read More


1978 18 Years Old Stipe graduated from high school in Collinsville, Illinois, in 1978. (His senior photo is pictured in the album art work of Eponymous.) Stipe also worked at the local Waffle House. … Read More


1980 20 Years Old While attending college in Athens, Stipe frequented the Wuxtry record shop, where he met store clerk Peter Buck in 1980. "He was a striking-looking guy and he also bought weird records, which not everyone in the store did", Buck recalled. … Read More
1983 23 Years Old 1 More Event
The band signed to I.R.S. Records for the release of the Chronic Town EP one year later. R.E.M. released its debut album Murmur in 1983, which was widely acclaimed by critics. … Read More
1985 25 Years Old In 1985, R.E.M. traveled to England to record its third album Fables of the Reconstruction, a difficult process that brought the band to the verge of a break up. … Read More


Stipe had planned a collaboration with friend, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, in 1994; partly in an attempt to lure Cobain away from his home and his drug addiction. … Read More
1995 35 Years Old Both Stipe and Amos decided to keep it in the vaults, though it was later slated to appear on the Empire Records motion picture soundtrack in 1995. … Read More
1998 38 Years Old In 1998, Stipe published a collection called Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith.
1999 39 Years Old In 1999, author Douglas A. Martin published a novel, Outline of My Lover, in which the narrator has a six-year romantic relationship with the unnamed lead singer of a successful Athens, Georgia–based, rock band; the book was widely speculated, and later confirmed by its author, to have been a roman à clef based on a real relationship between Martin and Stipe. … Read More


2001 41 Years Old …  Stipe described himself as a "queer artist" in Time in 2001 and revealed that he had been in a relationship with "an amazing man" for three years at that point. … Read More
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. … Read More
2008 48 Years Old In 2008, Stipe collaborated with Lacoste to release his own "holiday collector edition" brand of polo shirt. … Read More


2011 51 Years Old In 2011, Stipe participated in a live online Facebook chat with fans following the premiere of a new R.E.M. video on Dazed & Confuseds website, Dazed Digital. … Read More
2012 52 Years Old In 2012, Stipe appeared with Chris Martin of Coldplay, live at Madison Square Garden and online to perform "Losing My Religion", in the 12-12-12 concert raising money for relief from Hurricane Sandy.
2013 53 Years Old In 2013 a new recording from Stipe was revealed featuring Courtney Love. … Read More
2014 54 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 10, 2014, Stipe inducted the American grunge band Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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