Michael Stipe
singer for R.E.M.
Michael Stipe
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.
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The Psychological Power Of Reclaiming Oppressive Language
Huffington Post - 11 days
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s words ― used to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week as she challenged Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general ― were transformed into a viral meme almost the moment they left his mouth.  Women across the internet quickly turned the demeaning (but somewhat poetic) language on its head, adopting it as their own motto ― a call for strong women to continue standing up in the face of adversity, and demand that their voices be heard.  “Mitch McConnell, bless his heart, has coined a new feminist rally cry,” the Chicago Tribune wrote.  The phrase was repeated in countless memes, often accompanied by photos of bold and heroic women, from Rosa Parks to Malala Yousafsi to Beyoncé. Warren, too, took the opportunity to show that she wouldn’t be silenced.  “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, #ShePersisted.” pic.twitter.com/ub ...
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Michael Stipe And Stephen Colbert Sing 'End Of The YEAR As We Know It'
Huffington Post - 2 months
Given the mess that 2016 was for many of us, maybe this spoof of R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World” could replace “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s Eve. Stephen Colbert sang the tweaked chorus, “It’s the end of the year as we know it” ― with former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe at his side on Thursday. The “Late Show” host speeds through a patter of the year’s bad news, from Zika virus to Harambe the gorilla to you-know-who. The gimmick is that Stipe refuses to join in and say he feels “fine.” But after some prodding by Colbert, the 56-year-old singer finally joins in.  Here’s to a better 2017, fellas. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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After a Trip Back in Time, Michael Stipe Is Ready to Return to Music
NYTimes - 3 months
A reissue of “Out of Time,” with demos, an acoustic live recording and eight videos, is out on Friday. And Mr. Stipe is producing an album by Fischerspooner.
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Cyndi Lauper, Perry Farrell and Michael Stipe pay tribute to David Bowie in New York
LATimes - 11 months
Over the course of his creative life, David Bowie wheeled nimbly between styles, tones and identities as if they were all just different parts of the same cosmic roller rink.So it was fitting that a Carnegie Hall concert Thursday night -- the first major tribute to the rocker since his death on...
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Watch Michael Stipe perform Bowie's 'The Man Who Sold the World'
LATimes - 11 months
Michael Stipe is one of the artists performing at the upcoming tribute concert for David Bowie at Radio City Music Hall (Patti Smith, The Roots, Laurie Anderson and Blondie are among the many others). But Stipe swung by "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday to offer a preview of his...
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Adele Tells Donald Trump To Stop Using Her Music On The Campaign Trail
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been playing Adele's music at his rallies without her permission. Now she's putting a stop to that. At a rally in Oklahoma, "Rolling in the Deep" played after Sarah Palin's impassioned speech. Trump also used the "Skyfall" theme at an event in Ohio. Fans tweeted their outrage, urging the British musician to ban Palin and Trump from using her music.  I wonder if @Adele knows that Donald Trump is using her music to promote racism and bigotry. — Kevin Plantz (@KevinPlantz) January 20, 2016 Adele has made it a point since 2011 to stay out of politics, but now her team is taking steps to ensure Trump no longer uses her music. “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” Adele's spokesperson told the Independent. When Adele finds out that Donald Trump came onstage to one of her songs today. #NotOkay pic.twitter.com/eLlVOcndXG — Devin Stevens (@DevinSteve ...
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David, Johnny, Joe, Brian and Bjork
Huffington Post - about 1 year
What inspires us? "Is there anybody going to listen to my story?" sang Joe Jackson when he visited Chicago this past month. An extraordinary composer and connoisseur of popular music, Mr. Jackson sat at the piano covering John Lennon's Girl, reminding us what every artist faces: will anyone hear them? Singing the song with a solo stride piano accompaniment, Mr. Jackson's rendition of that first line was a reminder that a great opening song lyric feels eternal. The melody can be song by anyone always. Bjork's melodies cannot easily be sung by anyone else, as I was reminded last spring when I saw her exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. In the exhibition she offers her lyric notebooks, but nothing about these spare, handwritten words prepares one for Bjork's melodies. The words don't seem to have poetic potential until Bjork sets them aflame in Hyperballad: "I'm back at my cliff/still throwing things off/I listen to the sounds they make/on their way down/I follow with my e ...
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The Lunchbox Fund Gets a Little Help From Its Friends
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
The scene at the Lunchbox Fund’s benefit dinner with Sting, Michael Stipe, Liv Tyler and more.
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Steven Tyler Asks Trump To Quit Using 'Dream On' For Campaign
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Steven Tyler Asks Trump To Quit Using 'Dream On' For Campaign
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Mothered UP
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Different than man-ing, bucking or shutting up, at 48-years-old, I managed to Mother Up. What's it mean? Bet, if there were a sub-URBAN dictionary, it would read something like this: Mother Up (v) To eat the roll, baguette or what have you and blame the waiter who brought the basket. To don an underwire bra. To dress in yoga pants all day long but never make it to the gym. To drink wine at 5:00 p.m. in order to take the edge off. To manufacture an edge (be it a bad hair day, your period coming, going or gone, a temper tantrum by a kid (others or your own) so you can drink at 5:00 p.m. and/or (v) To take motherhood to another level -- UP, so that your kids can watch you butcher your own inner chicken (figurative!) and realize your own dream. To pursue your dream, no matter how long and bumpy the ride. To turn right, even after you cowardly turned left too many times to count or admit to. and (n) A half-hour animated TV show 10 years in the making created by this very motherblogg ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Stipe
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    In June 2014, it was reported that Stipe had created the soundtrack for The Cold Lands, a film by Stipe's friend, director Tom Gilroy.
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    On April 10, 2014, Stipe inducted the American grunge band Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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  • 2013
    In 2013 a new recording from Stipe was revealed featuring Courtney Love.
    More Details Hide Details The song, "Rio Grande", is taken from Johnny Depp's upcoming pirate themed album Son of Rogue's Gallery.
  • 2012
    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.
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  • 2011
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The video for "Walk It Back" was taken from R.E.M.'s 15th album, Collapse into Now.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    In 2008, Stipe collaborated with Lacoste to release his own "holiday collector edition" brand of polo shirt.
    More Details Hide Details The design depicts a concert audience from the view of the performer on stage.
  • 2006
    Continuing his non-R.E.M. work in 2006, Stipe sang the song "L'Hôtel" on the tribute album to Serge Gainsbourg titled 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.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded a song with Miguel Bose on the album Papito "Lo que ves es lo que hay".
    Also in 2006, Stipe appeared on the song "Broken Promise" on the Placebo release Meds.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details One version, recorded in a collaboration with Coldplay's Chris Martin, reached number one on the Canadian Singles Chart.
  • 2001
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Stipe reiterated this in a 2004 interview with Butt magazine. When asked if he ever declares himself as gay, Stipe stated, "I don't. I think there's a line drawn between gay and queer, and for me, queer describes something that's more inclusive of the grey areas."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The two had previously collaborated on two books, both in 1998: The Haiku Year (for which the two had both contributed haiku) and Martin's book of poetry Servicing the Salamander (for which Stipe took the cover photograph). Stipe also owns the Athens, Georgia building that houses The Grit vegetarian restaurant. He shares a TriBeCa loft in New York with his partner, photographer Thomas Dozol. Stipe's role in the songwriting process for R.E.M. was to write lyrics and devise melodies. While each member was given an equal vote in the songwriting process, Peter Buck has conceded that Stipe, as the band's lyricist, could rarely be persuaded to follow an idea he did not favor. Stipe sings in "wailing, keening, arching vocal figures" that R.E.M. biographer David Buckley compared to Celtic folk artists and Muslim muezzin. Stipe often harmonizes with Mills in songs; in the chorus for "Stand," Mills and Stipe alternate singing lyrics, creating a dialogue. Early articles about the band focused on Stipe's singing style (described as "mumbling" by The Washington Post), which often rendered his lyrics indecipherable. Stipe commented in 1984, "It's just the way I sing. If I tried to control it, it would be pretty false."
  • 1998
    In 1998, Stipe published a collection called Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith.
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  • 1995
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The song remains unreleased and unheard.
  • 1994
    Stipe and Tori Amos became friends in the mid-1990s and recorded a duet in 1994 called "It Might Hurt a Bit" for the Don Juan DeMarco motion picture soundtrack.
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    Stipe was chosen as the godfather of Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. R.E.M. recorded the song "Let Me In" from the 1994 album Monster in tribute to Cobain.
    More Details Hide Details Stipe was once very close to fellow alternative rock singer Natalie Merchant and has recorded a few songs with her, including one titled "Photograph" which appeared on a pro-choice benefit album titled Born to Choose, and they appeared live with Peter Gabriel singing Gabriel's single "Red Rain" at the 1996 VH1 Honors and a few other times. According to Michael Stipe, he said that their friendship has endured because they like each other a lot.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, they did not manage to compose or record anything before Cobain's death.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After the album was released, relationships in the band remained tense. Gaining weight and acting eccentrically (such as by shaving his hair into a monk's tonsure), Stipe said of the period, "I was well on my way to losing my mind". They toured in Canada and throughout Europe that year; Stipe had bleached his hair blond during this time. On October 2, 1985, the group played a concert in Bochum, West Germany, for the German TV show Rockpalast.
  • 1983
    In September 1983, a few months after the release of the R.E.M.'s debut album, Stipe participated in a low-budget, forty-five-minute Super-8 film called Just Like a Movie, shot in Athens by New York Rocker magazine photographer Laura Levine, who was a friend of the band.
    More Details Hide Details Those with acting roles in the film included Levine, Stipe, Lynda Stipe (Michael's sister), Matthew Sweet (who co-formed the short-lived duo, Community Trolls, with Michael Stipe), and R.E.M.'s Bill Berry. The film remains unreleased.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Stipe's vocals and lyrics received particular attention from listeners. Murmur went on to win the Rolling Stone Critics Poll Album of the Year over Michael Jackson's Thriller. Their second album, Reckoning, followed in 1984.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The two became friends and eventually decided to form a band. Buck and Stipe started writing music together; at the time Stipe also spent time in a local group named Gangster. The pair were soon joined by Bill Berry and Mike Mills and named themselves R.E.M., a name Stipe selected at random from a dictionary. All four members of R.E.M. dropped out of school in 1980 to focus on the band. Stipe was the last to do so. The band issued its debut single, "Radio Free Europe", on Hib-Tone, which was a college radio success.
  • 1978
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He enrolled at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, as an art major, studying photography and painting.
  • OTHER
  • 1962
    His younger sister, Lynda Stipe, was born in 1962 and would become the vocalist of her own band Hetch Hetchy.
    More Details Hide Details Stipe and his family moved to various locales during his childhood, including Germany, Texas, Illinois, Alabama and Georgia. He was raised Methodist.
  • 1960
    John Michael Stipe was born in Decatur, Georgia, on January 4, 1960.
    More Details Hide Details Stipe was a military brat; his father was a serviceman in the United States Army whose career resulted in frequent relocations for his family.
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