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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.

Worst to First: Every R.E.M. Album Ranked

Worst to First: R.E.M.
Photo: Anton Corbjin

Nobody can define what exactly makes a band "alternative," but one thing is certain: R.E.M. were it.

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Watch Michael Stipe Sing Happy Birthday to Patti Smith

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This Robinson/Dave J. Hogan, Getty Images

Patti Smith celebrated her 68th birthday with a two-show stint in New York City that ended last night with a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday' led by Michael Stipe.

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Michael Stipe Performs His First Solo Concert Since R.E.M. Broke Up

Adam Berry, Getty Images
Adam Berry, Getty Images

It's been more than three years since R.E.M. went their separate ways and, up until last night, it had been that long since Michael Stipe had made his way back to a stage.

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Michael Stipe, Jeffy Tweedy + Many More Give Stephen Colbert His Final Send-Off

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After nine years, Stephen Colbert bid adieu to his late-night political satire show, ‘The Colbert Report,’ as well as his character of the same name.

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R.E.M. Frontman Michael Stipe Sold For $0.25 at ‘Colbert’ Final Sale

Michael Stipe / 'The Colbert Report'
Comedy Central

It's a sad day when Michael Stipe sells at a yard sale for a quarter.

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Michael Stipe Says an R.E.M. Reunion ‘Will Never Happen’

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YouTube / CBS

In support of their recent comprehensive six-DVD set, 'REMTV,' R.E.M. frontman, Michael Stipe, made a stop by 'CBS This Morning' to chat with Anthony Mason.

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Reflects On the Band’s Long Career

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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

R.E.M. are gearing up to celebrate their history with a new six-DVD box set retrospective called 'REMTV.'

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Rock Star Yearbook Photos: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan + More

Frank Micelotta, Getty Images
Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Music creates a personal connection. Take that connection even deeper by checking out what your favorite rock stars looked like in their yearbook photos.

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Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop + More Design Guitars for War Child Benefit Auction

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Sion Touhig, Getty Images

Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop, Robby Krieger and other artists each custom designed Carparelli guitars that were auctioned at Bonhams New York on Sunday, Nov. 9.

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Pens Personal Essay, ‘Queerness Is a State of Mind’

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Adam Berry, Getty Images

The U.K.’s daily newspaper, the Guardian, recently published a very personal essay penned by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.

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