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R.E.M. breaks up

R.E.M. breaks up

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- American rock band R.E.M announced on its Web site Wednesday it has broken up after more than 30 years.
Stars line up for NYC Food Bank gala

Stars line up for NYC Food Bank gala

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- Michael Stipe, Stanley Tucci and Mario Batali have agreed to help out with the Food Bank for New York City's 6th annual Can-Do Awards Dinner, organizers said.
Michael Stipe confirms he is gay

Michael Stipe confirms he is gay

LOS ANGELES, March 18 (UPI) -- Michael Stipe, the front man for the U.S. alternative rock band R.E.M., has revealed in an interview with Spin magazine that he is gay.

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Five R.E.M. concerts in Dublin sold out

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 2 (UPI) -- Tickets for the five nights of R.E.M.'s "Working Rehearsal" concert at the legendary Olympia Theater in Dublin in July are sold out.

R.E.M. salutes entire Rock Hall class

NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- The gracious salute by R.E.M to other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees at a New York ceremony was typical of the good vibes all around.

R.E.M. headed for rock hall of fame

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The members of the U.S. rock band R.E.M. are "honored" to be part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2007. "We're really wretched at looking backwards, so it's an honor that someone took the time to look backward and recognize what we've done in o

R.E.M. surprises Hitchcock fans

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Rock Hall of Fame inductees R.E.M. made a surprise appearance at a Robyn Hitchcock concert at the Oxford Zodiac Theater in Oxford, England.

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Overture Pictures hires show biz veterans

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Overture Pictures is working to produce and release up to 10 U.S. films a year and shooting for a roster that would include veterans of United Artists and MGM.

Clinton 'birthday' raises foundation cash

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's months-long birthday celebration raked in more well wishes and cash for his foundation in New York City.
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Michael Stipe
American singer Michael Stipe from R.E.M attends a signing of his and photographer David Belisle's book "Hello" at Waterstone's, Piccadilly in London on August 29, 2008. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960) is an American singer and the lead vocalist for the alternative rock band R.E.M. Stipe has become well-known (and occasionally parodied) for the "mumbling" style of his early career and for his complex, surreal lyrics, as well as his social and political activism. Stipe is in charge of the band's visual image, often selecting album artwork and directing many of the band's music videos. Stipe's work extends outside of the music industry: he runs his own film production companies, C-00 and Single Cell Pictures.

Stipe was born in Decatur, Georgia on January 4, 1960. Stipe was a military brat; his father was a serviceman in the United States Army whose career resulted in frequent relocations for his family. Stipe and his family moved to various locales during his childhood, including Germany, Texas, Illinois, Alabama and Georgia. 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. Stipe later enrolled at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, as an art major, studying photography and painting.

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. 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.

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