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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.

Michael Stipe on the Hairy Subject of Beard Care

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The former R.E.M frontman's famous beard began as part of a Halloween costume.

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The Story of When R.E.M. First Met David Bowie

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Jo Hale/Nicholas Hunt, Getty Images

Former R.E.M. bandmates Michael Stipe and Mike Mills recount meeting Bowie in Switzerland following Bill Berry's aneurysm.

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Michael Stipe Is Working on a Photographic Memoir

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

In a new interview, Michael Stipe discussed a couple of music projects and a book where he tells his story through his own photographs.

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Watch Michael Stipe Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Patti Smith

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Scott Gries, Getty Images

The former R.E.M. frontman celebrated his hero's 70th birthday onstage with her in Chicago.

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Watch Michael Stipe Join Stephen Colbert and James Franco for ‘It’s the End of the Year As We Know It’

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YouTube

Michael Stipe stopped by 'The Late Show' to sing a headlines-inspired take on R.E.M.'s classic.

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Wants to ‘Work in Music Again’

Elton John AIDS Foundation's 15th Annual An Enduring Vison Benefit At Cipriani Wall Street
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Five years after R.E.M.'s breakup, Michael Stipe is looking to get back in the game.

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

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"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’

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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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