My Life In Music: Michael Stipe

WRITTEN BY
Greg Milner


Photo By Alexei Hay

As an army brat bouncing around the country, Michael Stipefound inspiration in everything from the Beatles singing "Michelle" toTammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and Roger Miller's "King of the Road,"singles given to Stipe and his sisters by a kindly record-shop owner.Then he heard Patti Smith and everything changed. As R.E.M. head backto the studio to record a new album due out this fall, Stipe stopped toimpart some wisdom culled from a quarter-century lived a month ahead ofthe curve.

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