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Michael Stipe is an American singer, filmmaker, and lyricist, better known as the frontman of the American rock band R.E.M

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BirthdayJanuary 4, 1960
NationalityAmerican
FamousSinger-lyricist, Bisexual, Gays, University Of Georgia, Guitarists, Lyricists & Songwriters, Singers, Rock Singers
City/StateGeorgia
SiblingsLynda Stipe
Known asJohn Michael Stipe, J.M. Stipe, Stipe, Michael
Universities
  • University Of Georgia
  • 1978 - Collinsville High School
  • University of Georgia
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Georgia
Birth PlaceDecatur
ReligionBuddhism
Height175cm
GenderMale
Net Worth$75 Million as of January 5,2017
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inDecatur
Famous asSinger-lyricist

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Who is Michael Stipe?

Michael Stipe is an American singer, lyricist, and filmmaker, most famous for leading the alternative rock band R.E.M. While pursuing art studies at college, he struck chord with a record store clerk, Peter Buck, and wished to form a band. Just as the two started writing music, they were joined by Mike Mills and Bill Berry, to create an influential American rock band R.E.M. After two single releases, the band recorded their first album ‘Murmur’ which instantly connected with music lovers and was very well-received. Eventually, the band compiled a number of successful albums, before they got their first commercial breakthrough through the single ‘The One I Love’ from ‘Document’. Their two albums ‘Out of Time’ and ‘Automatic for the People’ are considered to be the band’s most successful and best albums. Some other best-seller albums from the group include ‘Green’, ‘Monster’, ‘Up’, ‘Around the Sun’, Accelerate’, and ‘Collapse into Now’. In addition to his music career, he tried his hand at acting and filmmaking as well. He launched his own production house, Single Cell, under which he produced two blockbuster films, including an Oscar-nominated flick.

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Childhood & Early Life

John Michael Stipe was born on January 4, 1960, in Decatur, Georgia, into a family of a US army serviceman.

Due to his father’s nature of job, he spent his childhood at different places, including Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, and Texas. He once resided in Germany as well.

In 1978, he finished high school from Collinsville, Illinois, and entered the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia, to study photography and painting.

Career

Attracted by punk music, he often visited the Wuxtry record shop, where he soon befriended the store clerk and aspiring guitarist, Peter Buck, in 1980. The two decided to start a band and started writing music.

Joined by bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, the four formed an alternative rock band, R.E.M., in 1980.

Eventually, all the band members quit school to concentrate on the band in 1980. The same year, the band performed its first concert in Athens, Georgia, which got them much recognition.

In 1981, the band released its first single ‘Radio Free Europe’ under Hib-Tone. The song garnered enough attention for the band to sign a deal with I.R.S. Records, which released its second single ‘Chronic Town EP’ in 1982.

The band’s first full-length album ‘Murmur’ was out in 1983, which got positive reviews from the critics. This was followed by their second album ‘Reckoning’ in 1984.

He debuted in acting with an unreleased 45-minute Super-8 film ‘Just Like a Movie’ in 1983.

The third album ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ was recorded in 1985 in England, during which problems erupted between the members to an extent of a break-up.

During July and August in 1985, the group performed in Canada and across Europe, including England, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands. They also performed a concert on German TV show ‘Rockpalast’ in Bochum.

In 1986, the band’s fourth album ‘Life’s Rich Pageant’ released and was much appreciated and I.R.S. recorded the band’s first video release ‘Succumbs’.

After the contract’s expiry with I.R.S., the band signed with Warner Bros. Records and recorded their first album ‘Green’ in 1988.

His friendship with Tori Amos resulted in the duet ‘It Might Hurt a Bit’ for the soundtrack of Don Juan DeMarco in 1994. It was later lined up for the 1995 Empire Records motion picture soundtrack in 1995 but the song never released.

In 1994, the band released their next album ‘Monster’, which was followed by a commercially successful world tour a year later, during which drummer Berry suffered a brain aneurysm and underwent an immediate surgery.

After the band’s next commercial hit album ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’, which topped the US and UK charts, released in 1996, Berry quit the band leaving the three to continue as a three-piece.

In 1998, their album ‘Up’ was out with mixed reviews. Even though it reached the top ten in the US and the UK, the album proved to be commercial failure, as the band’s market started declining in the US and increased in the UK.

Apart from his musical activities, he released a photo collection ‘Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith’ in 1998.

He launched his own film production company, Single Cell, under which he made two super-hit movies – ‘American Movie’ and ‘Being John Malkovich’, the latter received three Oscar nominations.

Some other music albums that followed were ‘Reveal’ (2001), ‘Around the Sun’ (2004), and ‘Accelerate’ (2008). Besides, a number of compiled video albums were also released.

He compiled six different cover versions of Joseph Arthur’s ‘In The Sun’ as an extended play in 2006 to raise funds for the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief.

In 2008, he released his own ‘holiday collector edition’ of a polo shirt, in collaboration with the garment brand, Lacoste.

After the release of the band’s 15th album ‘Collapse into Now’ in 2011, the group disbanded amicably for good.

He recorded a new song ‘Rio Grande’ with Courtney Love in 2013, from the pirate-themed film ‘Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys’.

He debuted as a solo artist in December 2014 giving a surprise opening act at Patti Smith’s concert at Webster Hall, New York.

He has appeared in a handful of Hollywood movies, such as ‘Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day’ (1996), and lent his voice in ‘Olive, the other Reindeer’ (1999).

He has made various small appearances on television, some being ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’, ‘Sesame Street’, ‘The Simpsons’, and ‘The Colbert Report’.

Major Works

The band got their first top hit with ‘The One I Love’ from their fifth album ‘Document’, which released in 1987. While the single topped the charts in the US, the UK, and Canada, the album was the band’s first to sell one million copies.

The band got its first most successful album with ‘Out of Time’ (1991), which topped the US and the UK charts, selling 12 million copies worldwide, while its single ‘Losing My Religion’ became one of the most popular videos on MTV.

The album ‘Automatic for the People’, recorded in 1992, was regarded as the band’s best album, reaching number one and two on the UK and the US charts, respectively.

Awards & Achievements

In 1983, the band’s first album ‘Murmur’ was awarded with the ‘Rolling Stone Critics Poll Album of the Year’, beating legendary singer Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.

The album ‘Out of Time’ received the ‘Best Alternative Music Album’, while the song ‘Losing My Religion’ won the ‘Best Short Form Music Video’ and ‘Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal’ at the 1992 Grammy Awards.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Personal Life & Legacy

Around 1992, there were rumors that he had contracted AIDS but Stipe said that he did not start the rumor and he did not know who did.

By the year 1994, there were questions swirling about his sexuality and he said that he was attracted to, and had relationships with, both men and women.

In 2001, he revealed that he had been in a relationship with "an amazing man" for three years.

Net Worth

Michael Stipe has a net worth of $75 million.

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Michael Stipe biography timelines

  • // 4th Jan 1960
    John Michael Stipe was born on January 4, 1960, in Decatur, Georgia, into a family of a US army serviceman.
  • // 1978
    In 1978, he finished high school from Collinsville, Illinois, and entered the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia, to study photography and painting.
  • // 1980
    Attracted by punk music, he often visited the Wuxtry record shop, where he soon befriended the store clerk and aspiring guitarist, Peter Buck, in 1980. The two decided to start a band and started writing music.
  • // 1980
    Joined by bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, the four formed an alternative rock band, R.E.M., in 1980.
  • // 1980
    Eventually, all the band members quit school to concentrate on the band in 1980. The same year, the band performed its first concert in Athens, Georgia, which got them much recognition.
  • // 1981 To 1982
    In 1981, the band released its first single ‘Radio Free Europe’ under Hib-Tone. The song garnered enough attention for the band to sign a deal with I.R.S. Records, which released its second single ‘Chronic Town EP’ in 1982.
  • // 1983 To 1984
    The band’s first full-length album ‘Murmur’ was out in 1983, which got positive reviews from the critics. This was followed by their second album ‘Reckoning’ in 1984.
  • // 1983
    He debuted in acting with an unreleased 45-minute Super-8 film ‘Just Like a Movie’ in 1983.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, the band’s first album ‘Murmur’ was awarded with the ‘Rolling Stone Critics Poll Album of the Year’, beating legendary singer Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.
  • // 1985
    The third album ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ was recorded in 1985 in England, during which problems erupted between the members to an extent of a break-up.
  • // 1985
    During July and August in 1985, the group performed in Canada and across Europe, including England, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands. They also performed a concert on German TV show ‘Rockpalast’ in Bochum.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, the band’s fourth album ‘Life’s Rich Pageant’ released and was much appreciated and I.R.S. recorded the band’s first video release ‘Succumbs’.
  • // 1987
    The band got their first top hit with ‘The One I Love’ from their fifth album ‘Document’, which released in 1987. While the single topped the charts in the US, the UK, and Canada, the album was the band’s first to sell one million copies.
  • // 1988
    After the contract’s expiry with I.R.S., the band signed with Warner Bros. Records and recorded their first album ‘Green’ in 1988.
  • // 1991
    The band got its first most successful album with ‘Out of Time’ (1991), which topped the US and the UK charts, selling 12 million copies worldwide, while its single ‘Losing My Religion’ became one of the most popular videos on MTV.
  • // 1992
    The album ‘Automatic for the People’, recorded in 1992, was regarded as the band’s best album, reaching number one and two on the UK and the US charts, respectively.
  • // 1992
    The album ‘Out of Time’ received the ‘Best Alternative Music Album’, while the song ‘Losing My Religion’ won the ‘Best Short Form Music Video’ and ‘Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal’ at the 1992 Grammy Awards.
  • // 1992
    Around 1992, there were rumors that he had contracted AIDS but Stipe said that he did not start the rumor and he did not know who did.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, the band released their next album ‘Monster’, which was followed by a commercially successful world tour a year later, during which drummer Berry suffered a brain aneurysm and underwent an immediate surgery.
  • // 1994
    By the year 1994, there were questions swirling about his sexuality and he said that he was attracted to, and had relationships with, both men and women.
  • // 1996
    After the band’s next commercial hit album ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’, which topped the US and UK charts, released in 1996, Berry quit the band leaving the three to continue as a three-piece.
  • // 1996 To 1999
    He has appeared in a handful of Hollywood movies, such as ‘Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day’ (1996), and lent his voice in ‘Olive, the other Reindeer’ (1999).
  • // 1998
    In 1998, their album ‘Up’ was out with mixed reviews. Even though it reached the top ten in the US and the UK, the album proved to be commercial failure, as the band’s market started declining in the US and increased in the UK.
  • // 1998
    Apart from his musical activities, he released a photo collection ‘Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith’ in 1998.
  • // 2001 To 2008
    Some other music albums that followed were ‘Reveal’ (2001), ‘Around the Sun’ (2004), and ‘Accelerate’ (2008). Besides, a number of compiled video albums were also released.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, he revealed that he had been in a relationship with "an amazing man" for three years.
  • // 2006
    He compiled six different cover versions of Joseph Arthur’s ‘In The Sun’ as an extended play in 2006 to raise funds for the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief.
  • // 2007
    The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he released his own ‘holiday collector edition’ of a polo shirt, in collaboration with the garment brand, Lacoste.
  • // 2011
    After the release of the band’s 15th album ‘Collapse into Now’ in 2011, the group disbanded amicably for good.
  • // 2013
    He recorded a new song ‘Rio Grande’ with Courtney Love in 2013, from the pirate-themed film ‘Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys’.
  • // Dec 2014
    He debuted as a solo artist in December 2014 giving a surprise opening act at Patti Smith’s concert at Webster Hall, New York.

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Michael Stipe's FAQ

  • What is Michael Stipe birthday?

    Michael Stipe was born at 1960-01-04

  • Where is Michael Stipe's birth place?

    Michael Stipe was born in Decatur

  • What is Michael Stipe nationalities?

    Michael Stipe's nationalities is American

  • Who is Michael Stipe siblings?

    Michael Stipe's siblings is Lynda Stipe

  • What was Michael Stipe universities?

    Michael Stipe studied at University Of Georgia, 1978 - Collinsville High School, University of Georgia

  • What was Michael Stipe notable alumnis?

    Michael Stipe's notable alumnis is University Of Georgia

  • What is Michael Stipe's religion?

    Michael Stipe's religion is Buddhism

  • How tall is Michael Stipe?

    Michael Stipe's height is 175

  • What is Michael Stipe's sun sign?

    Michael Stipe is Capricorn

  • How famous is Michael Stipe?

    Michael Stipe is famouse as Singer-lyricist