Michael Stipe

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REM: how the arty pop gods taught a shy south Wales girl to be herself
For a teenager steeped in Welsh choir music, Michael Stipe’s kaleidoscope of artistic influences – and mega-success – were too irresistible not to follow

Jude Rogers

24, Feb, 2021 @8:08 AM

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Rain Phoenix on her new album River: 'My brother has been my guiding light'
Two decades after losing her brother, Rain Phoenix is finally able to share his music. She talks about ‘the wild animal’ of grief – and learning to sing with River on street corners

Hadley Freeman

31, Oct, 2019 @4:58 PM

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It’s the end of the world as we know it... and Michael Stipe feels fine
The ex-REM frontman talks us through his new collection of photographs - and explains why he’s giving all profits from his new single to Extinction Rebellion

Miranda Sawyer

20, Oct, 2019 @10:30 AM

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REM's Michael Stipe on his 37,000 photos – of stars, lovers and Kurt Cobain's hands
Photography has been a lifelong passion for the singer. He talks us through his finest shots, from a sleeping River Phoenix to ‘his queer grandfather’ William Burroughs

Tim Jonze

24, Apr, 2019 @3:14 PM

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The untold story of lost star River Phoenix – 25 years after his death
Phenomenally talented and famously caring, River Phoenix’s death shocked the world. His girlfriend Samantha Mathis talks for the first time about that awful night, and the man behind the myth

Hadley Freeman

25, Oct, 2018 @5:00 AM

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I'm with the band: meet the pitiful proteges of pop music patrons
From Kurt Cobain espousing the middling Melvins to Kanye West signing a singer from the library circuit, an artist’s ability to make great music doesn’t always mean they can identify it

Michael Hann

28, Feb, 2018 @11:00 AM

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'I'm a pretty good pop star': Michael Stipe on his favourite REM songs
In our series where musicians tell the stories behind what they regard as their greatest songs, the REM frontman reveals how glam rock, grunge and INXS inspired the band – and how internal divisions tore them apart

Michael Hann

19, Jan, 2018 @9:23 AM

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REM on Out of Time at 25: ‘Being the voice of a generation is not a pretty place to be’
Their seventh album made them superstars. But the fame cost REM a band member and, nearly, their friendships. In a rare interview, five years after splitting, they discuss legacy, Trump and why they’re still sorry for Shiny Happy People

Michael Hann

03, Nov, 2016 @6:43 PM

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Chelsea Manning emerges from solitary confinement after suicide attempt
‘I’m OK,’ Manning tweeted, ending several days without communication while in solitary as punishment for having tried to take her own life in military prison

Ed Pilkington in New York

12, Oct, 2016 @5:49 PM

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The Music of David Bowie review – tears shed as stars pay tribute to starman
From The Flaming Lips to Cat Power to Pixies to Debbie Harry, the lineup at the heartfelt tribute night was as wide-ranging and celebrated as Bowie’s career

Jim Farber

01, Apr, 2016 @6:35 AM

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David Bowie tribute concert to be streamed live
Show featuring Pixies, Blondie, Michael Stipe, J Mascis, the Flaming Lips and more will be streamed live for fans in return for a charity donation

Guardian music

29, Mar, 2016 @8:02 AM

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David Bowie tribute will star Debbie Harry, Pixies, Mumford & Sons and Bette Midler
The lineup for the two tribute shows in New York on 31 March and 1 April also includes the Roots, Cat Power, Laurie Anderson, Michael Stipe and Robyn Hitchcock

Guardian music

18, Feb, 2016 @9:07 AM

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