Michael Stipe Biography - REM

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American Singer - Michael Stipe (Lead singer of the pop/rock band REM)
born : John Michael Stipe, Georgia, United States of America 1960, January 4
famous for : Being the frontman and lead singer of the American R.E.M band.
lives: USA.

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Michael Stipe was born on the 4th of January, 1960 as "John Michael Stipe". Stipe heads the famous rock band R.E.M and has done so for more than 20 years, which makes him a long distance man by anyone's standards. While R.E.M's peers and rock contemporaries have burnt brightly and quickly faded away, Stipe and REM have paced themselves, releasing hit record after hit record.

Michael Stipe was born in the suburb or Decatur, Georgia USA. His father was in the US Army which meant that the family lived in several locations, including time spent in Germany.

The band R.E.M formed in April of 1980 with Michael Stipe on vocals, Bill Berry on Drums, Peter Buck on guitar and Mike Mills on Bass. Throughout most of the eighties R.E.M remained mostly outside of the mainstream in music. Stipes sometimes dark and mysterious lyrics did attract a cult following though and the group became steadily more popular.

Michael Stipe and REM first signed to major recording label in 1998 when Warner Brother took them on board. Their first three releases pushed them into the international mainstream. The albums "Out of Time" 1991, and "Automatic for the People" 1992 were both great hits internationally.

The band has remained relevant and inspired by what they do for longer than most rock groups and continue to release influential material.

"With the exception of U2, there's no one who has stayed together and stayed relevant for as long as we have. We can't possibly compete with Limp Bizkit and Britney Spears, and I have no real desire to. But as long as people are excited about our work, we're going to expend the energy to do it." Michael Stipe

Michael Stipe is also interested in film making and owns two film companies producing low budget films based in New York (C-Hundred) and Los Angeles (Single Cell Pictures).

Stipe has referred to himself as being a "queer artist" but has had relationships with both men and women.

Michael Stipe went on the "Vote for Change Tour" that toured 9 states and 28 cities in the USA with fellow performers that included Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Ben Harper, John Mellencamp and Tracy Chapman. The Vote for Change Tour declaration states that it is "a loose coalition of musicians brought together by a single idea.. the need to make a change in the direction of our country. We share a belief that this is the most important election of our lifetime. We are fighting for a government that is open, rational, just, and progressive...."
Michael Stipe had this to say about the tour in an interview with the Australian Andrew Denton..
"We wanted George W Bush the fuck out of the White House and we wanted John Kerry in. And it didn't work."

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