Michael Stipe Biography (Wikipedia)
John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of alternative rock band R.E.M. throughout its history. He is known for his distinctive vocal quality, poetic lyrics and unique stage presence.
Possessing a distinctive voice, Stipe has been noted for the "mumbling" style of his early career. Since the mid '80s, Stipe sings in "wailing, keening, arching vocal figures" that R.E.M. biographer David Buckley compared to Celtic folk artists and Muslim muezzin. He was in charge of R.E.M.'s visual aspect, often selecting album artwork and directing many of the band's music videos. Outside the music industry, he owns and runs two film production studios, C-00 and Single Cell Pictures.
As a member of R.E.M., Stipe was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. As a singer-songwriter, Stipe influenced a wide range of artists, including Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Bono of U2 described his voice as "extraordinary" and Thom Yorke told The Guardian that Stipe is his favourite lyricist, saying "I loved the way he would take an emotion and then take a step back from it and in doing so make it so much more powerful."
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How much money will it take for REM to reform?
- Which 90s rock star influenced REM’s famous look?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06pmp9w.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06pmp9w.jpg2018-10-23T17:55:00.000ZMichael Stipe discusses how a chopper ride to Glasto led to his famous blue eye make-up.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06pml86
Which 90s rock star influenced REM’s famous look?
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The end of R.E.M.
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R.E.M. on meeting David Bowie
- Michael Stipe from R.E.M. and his beardhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0532p2b.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0532p2b.jpg2017-12-08T12:04:00.000ZYes, Matt really does ask Michael about his beard!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0532jwc
Michael Stipe from R.E.M. and his beard
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Is this the year that spells the end for grunge? (Music News 1994)
Michael Stipe Tracks