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Michael Stipe was born into a military family and spent his formative years moving from place to place. By the time he decided to study art at the University of Athens in Georgia, Stipe had lived not only all over the U.S., but in different countries across the world, as well. There, the gangly student met a record store clerk named Peter Buck. Sharing similar taste in music, the two decided to form a band that would become R.E.M. Their music was marked by Stipe’s mumbly vocals and his tacit refusal to tell anyone what he was singing or what any of the songs meant. Over time, though, he began singing more clearly. His lyrics also began to carry political and social messages that would help the band endear themselves even more to their fans. Stipe went from saying in the band’s early years that the words didn’t matter to including the lyrics in the music video for the band’s single, ‘Everybody Hurts.’ Since R.E.M.’s dissolution in 2011, Stipe has remained busy as a visual artist and musician.

Watch Michael Stipe’s Wistful Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’ at NYC Tribute Concert

Michael Stipe
YouTube

"It was two stunning evenings," Stipe wrote, "hearing songs that I grew up with, all contributors honoring the output of such an astonishing songwriter."

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33 Years Ago: R.E.M. Release Their Subversive and Immersive Debut, ‘Murmur’

Paul Natkin
Paul Natkin

Long before they lost their religion, R.E.M. emerged from the indie underground with a haunting sound that blends folk, post-punk and garage rock into something ethereal.

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Michael Stipe + Bernie Sanders Ate Hot Dogs Together at a Coney Island Rally

Bernie Sanders and Michael Stipe
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After Stipe and Killer Mike, Sanders is racking up a very impressive list of lunch dates.

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32 Years Ago: R.E.M. Help Kickstart Alt-Country With Their Second Album, ‘Reckoning’

Chris Walter, Getty Images
Chris Walter, Getty Images

Tasked with following up their landmark debut, R.E.M. went looser and a little towards the heartland with their hugely influential 1984 effort, 'Reckoning.'

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Watch Michael Stipe, Wayne Coyne + Chewbacca Perform at David Bowie Tribute Concert

Wayne Coyne
YouTube

Not to be outdone, the Flaming Lips frontman performed "Life on Mars?" while seated atop Chewie's shoulders.

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Michael Stipe Performs Beautiful Cover of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ on ‘Fallon’

Michael Stipe
NBC

The R.E.M. frontman's lovely, piano-driven cover precedes his appearance at two David Bowie tribute concerts in New York City later this week.

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Michael Stipe Will Make His TV Debut as a Solo Artist on ‘Fallon’ Next Week

Michael Stipe
Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images

The R.E.M. frontman has played a handful of surprise solo sets in New York City in recent memory, and on Tuesday, he will take his act to 'The Tonight Show.'

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25 Years Ago: R.E.M. Lose Their Religion and Find Superstardom With ‘Out of Time’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Just as alternative music started to rise from the indie underground into the mainstream, R.E.M. rode the wave to rock radio ubiquity.

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Endorses Bernie Sanders for President, Says He Is ‘Idealistic’ + ‘Realistic’

Michael Stipe
Adam Berry, Getty Images

"In politics, [Sanders] is the person who is offering me the most honesty and the most realness," Stipe said.

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Kurt Cobain Would’ve Turned 49 This Week: Where Would He Be Now?

Martyn Goodacre
Martyn Goodacre

How would the grunge icon have spent the past two decades had we not lost him in 1994? Would he be the biggest rock star on the planet? Or would he have disappeared?

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