Michael Stipe

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John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter and was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M..wikipedia
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R.E.M.

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John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter and was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M..
R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe.

Thom Yorke

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As a singer-songwriter, Stipe influenced a wide range of artists, including Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
Yorke befriended R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, who gave him advice about how to deal with fame.

Lynda Stipe

His younger sister, Lynda Stipe, was born in 1962 and became the vocalist of her own band Hetch Hetchy.
She is the younger sister of R.E.M.'s lead singer Michael Stipe.

Bill Berry

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Buck and Stipe were soon joined by Bill Berry and Mike Mills, and named themselves R.E.M., a name Stipe selected at random from a dictionary.
Berry and Mills moved to Athens, Georgia in 1978, where they met Michael Stipe and Peter Buck.

Radiohead

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As a singer-songwriter, Stipe influenced a wide range of artists, including Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
The buzz generated by such famous fans as R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, along with distinctive music videos for "Just" and "Street Spirit", helped to sustain Radiohead's popularity outside the UK.

Murmur (album)

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R.E.M. released its debut album Murmur in 1983, which was acclaimed by critics.
Murmur drew critical acclaim upon its release for its unusual sound, defined by lead singer Michael Stipe's cryptic lyrics, guitarist Peter Buck's jangly guitar style, and bass guitarist Mike Mills' melodic basslines.

Radio Free Europe (song)

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The band issued its debut single, "Radio Free Europe", on Hib-Tone, which was a college radio success.
The other members of the band were reportedly awestruck when they heard the lyrics and melodies singer Michael Stipe had written for the song.

Reckoning (R.E.M. album)

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Their second album, Reckoning, followed in 1984.
Lead singer Michael Stipe dealt with darker subject matter in his lyrics, and water imagery is a recurring theme on the album.

Eponymous (album)

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His senior photo is pictured in the album art work of Eponymous.
On the reverse of the LP cover was a photograph of singer Michael Stipe with the words "They Airbrushed My Face" above his head.

Matthew Sweet

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Those with acting roles in the film included Levine, Stipe, his sister Lynda, Matthew Sweet (who formed a short-lived duo, Community Trolls, with Michael Stipe), and R.E.M.'s Bill Berry.
That same year, Sweet, who had met the band R.E.M. when they played a show in his hometown the previous year, collaborated with frontman Michael Stipe in a duo group under the name Community Trolls, as well as played guitar in Stipe's sister Lynda Stipe's band, Oh-OK.

Community Trolls

Those with acting roles in the film included Levine, Stipe, his sister Lynda, Matthew Sweet (who formed a short-lived duo, Community Trolls, with Michael Stipe), and R.E.M.'s Bill Berry.
Community Trolls was the group name of a short-lived musical duo between Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Matthew Sweet.

Monster (R.E.M. album)

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R.E.M. recorded the song "Let Me In" from the 1994 album Monster in tribute to Cobain.
Michael Stipe's lyrics, dealing with the nature of celebrity, are sung by him in several characters.

Chronic Town

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The band signed to I.R.S. Records for the release of the Chronic Town EP one year later.
Easter incorporated tape loops and recorded singer Michael Stipe singing outdoors.

Fables of the Reconstruction

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In 1985, R.E.M. traveled to England to record their third album Fables of the Reconstruction, a difficult process that brought the band to the verge of a break up.
The opening song, "Feeling Gravitys Pull" (sic), describes falling asleep while reading; Michael Stipe's lyrics also reference surrealist photographer Man Ray, setting the tone for the album.

Hetch Hetchy (band)

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His younger sister, Lynda Stipe, was born in 1962 and became the vocalist of her own band Hetch Hetchy.
The EP Make Djibouti was issued through Texas Hotel in 1988 and was produced by Lynda's brother Michael Stipe the lead singer of the band R.E.M. After the release of Make Djibouti most of the original players left the band, leaving Stipe as the only remaining group member.

Placebo (band)

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Also in 2006, Stipe appeared on the song "Broken Promise" on the Placebo release Meds.
Placebo have collaborated with various artists over the years, including David Bowie, Justin Warfield, Michael Stipe and Alison Mosshart.

In the Sun (Joseph Arthur song)

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In 1998, Stipe published a collection called Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith. 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.
In 2005, Michael Stipe of R.E.M. recorded a cover of the song with producer James Iha for a Hurricane Katrina relief benefit EP released exclusively through the iTunes Store.

Peter Buck

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While attending college at the University of Georgia in Athens, Stipe frequented the Wuxtry record shop, where he met store clerk Peter Buck in 1980.
While in Athens, Buck worked at the Wuxtry Records store, where he met future bandmate Michael Stipe as well as R.E.M.'s future manager, Bertis Downs.

Kurt Cobain

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As a singer-songwriter, Stipe influenced a wide range of artists, including Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
"Yeah, he talked a lot about what direction he was heading in", Cobain's friend, R.E.M.'s lead singer Michael Stipe, told Newsweek in 1994.

Frances Bean Cobain

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Stipe was chosen as the godfather of Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe and actress Drew Barrymore are her godfather and godmother.

12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief

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He 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.
Many famous performers took part in the charity event, including The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, and, for the first time in eighteen years, the surviving members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and touring member Pat Smear) who performed together in a collaboration with Paul McCartney during his show-closing set.

Decatur, Georgia

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John Michael Stipe was born on January 4, 1960, in Decatur, Georgia.

Losing My Religion

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He 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.
Singer Michael Stipe's vocal was recorded in a single take.

Automatic for the People

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With the success of the albums Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), R.E.M. became mainstream music stars.
Lead singer Michael Stipe was not present at these sessions; instead, the band gave him the finished demos at the start of 1992.

One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

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.
Guest artists on the album include Michael Stipe, Laura Jane Grace, and Iggy Pop.