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By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

AIDS had landed and I was terrified. I was very scared, just as everyone was in the '80s. It was really hard to be sexually active and to sleep with men and with women and not feel you had a responsibility in terms of having safe sex.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

When we first started, we were a band from Athens and that was so off the map.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

They spoke truth and a lot of people listened.... that voice, Kurt we miss you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

You don't need to be talented. You don't even have to play the guitar to be a guitar player in a punk-rock band. So I, in a very naïve and teenage way, said, "That's it. I'm going to be in a band.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

I knew [Kurt Cobain] and his daughter. And Courtney [Love] came and stayed at my house. R.E.M. worked on two records in Seattle and Peter Buck lived next door to Kurt and Courtney. So we all knew each other. I reached out to him with that project as an attempt to prevent what was going to happen.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

[Columbia House] magazines were how I found out about the punk world going on in New York. Because of what I read, at the age of 15, I hounded the local record store to order a copy of Horses [1975] for me by Patti Smith.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

If I'm tired of me, I'm sure the public is as well.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

I simply constructed a project to try to snap Kurt [Cobain] out of a frame of mind. I sent him a plane ticket and a driver, and he tacked the plane ticket to the wall in the bedroom and the driver sat outside the house for 10 hours. Kurt wouldn't come out and wouldn't answer the phone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

So, we just kind of created our own thing and that's part of the beauty of Athens: is that it's so off the map and there's no way you could ever be the East Village or an L.A. scene or a San Francisco scene, that it just became its own thing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

Love, love will be my strongest weapon

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

So, we went from being an Athens band to being a Georgia band to being a Southern band to being an American band from the East Coast to being an American band and now we're kind of an international phenomenon.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

I came to New York for the first time with Peter Buck at age 19. We spent a week living out of a van on the street in front of a club in the West 60s called Hurrah. It's where Pylon played. I saw Klaus Nomi play there. And Michael Gira's band before he did Swans-they all wore cowboy boots and were so cool and had great hair. I was so jealous.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

I was vulnerable every day. Every night that I stepped on stage I was laying myself open.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

There was never a golden era of American radio as far as I can tell.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

On planes I always cry. Something about altitude, the lack of oxygen and the bad movies. I cried over a St. Bernard movie once on a plane. That was really embarrassing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

Be yourself. Follow your heart. I know it sounds obvious, but it's the best advice at anyone ever. Take advice from other people, but take from it what feels right for you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

If you disagree with me, fine! Because that's the great thing about America, we can disagree!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

So, when you divide the world into music lovers, music fans and then those people who are just very casual about their music, it's wallpaper to them, it's elevator music, it's just the thing that's playing in the background that helps them through their day.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

We don't get groupies.We get teenagers who want to read us their poetry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

I had to get a driver's license and drive to St. Louis to find the punk-rock scene that was happening there. And there was a punk-rock scene. It was sweet. It was real. It was like everywhere else in the county. It was a handful of people who were feeling the same pull, and, of course, it was like the Island of Misfit Toys in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer [1964]. Just the freaks, the fags, the fat girls, the unbelievable eccentrics .

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

We made part of the record in Miami, and I would go down to the beach, and not 20 feet from the water I see a fish that is at least seven feet long swimming close to the shore. I did not go back in the ocean the entire month.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

I was vegetarian, trying to eat from fast-food restaurants without meat. I didn't know how to eat properly and I was starving. I was adrenalized to the eyeballs from performing. I was afraid that I was sick with AIDS. We were playing five shows a week. I even went through a period of abstinence where I didn't drink and stopped having sex. Which is crazy. Maybe I'm answering too many questions at once here, but this is where my mind was at the age of 25.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

To be called an elder statesman is so unbelievably insulting. Brad Pitt is exactly three years younger than me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

My feeling is that labels are for canned food... I am what I am - and I know what I am.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

My iPod that was programmed by Peter Buck. It has 7,000 songs hand-picked for me by him.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

When we signed with Warner Bros., they knew what they were getting. They knew they weren't going to get some easily manipulated prepackaged pop group. That was not going to happen. What they wanted, I think, was the integrity that we had to offer. What they wanted was the kind of street cred or cache that R.E.M. could bring to them and the chance that we would give them a hit or two. What happened was we gave them a bunch of hits. And we became huge.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

We toured that record for a year, which turned out to be the culmination of ten years of being constantly on the road. We were sick to death of touring.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

Links have become the suburbs of the real world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

I've never written a song that's hopeless. I'm not a hopeless person. I'm crazily optimistic. I crazily see the good in people. I crazily see the way out of a terrible situation. I crazily try to be the diplomat. If there are two warring factions in my life, I want them to agree to disagree at the very least.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

I started lip-synching with "Losing My Religion." There were a few horrendous mistakes we made, but I own those mistakes. I'm embarrassed by them. I always say when I look back at anything I've ever done, it's with equal dollops of humiliation and triumphant glory.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

By nature I will find hope in everything. Even if it's the most incredibly hopeless situation or circumstance. That's just me... I'll never be able to see things any other way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

I remember traffic jams Motor boys and girls with tans Nearly was and almost rans I remember this, this ... At the edge of the continent

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

For me, as a music fan, visuals kind of steal away the purity of the song. My instinct is not to provide a visual to go with a piece of music. But here's MTV. It's really powerful.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

The punk-rock ethos was "Do it yourself. Anyone can do this. We're not sent from the heavens.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

They always want me to play myself and that's a big snooze.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

The artwork for the record is kind of an homage to that. It's a collage, which rhymes with homage, I just realized. It's an homage to this kind of almost like a teenager's idea of what the future might look like, if he were using a Xerox machine and cut-and-pasting it together. Which is exactly what we did to come up with the artwork.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

Everybody hurts sometimes Everybody cries

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

But I think the one thing that I can say about us is that we're very consistent about certain things and part of that is our desire to do the very best work that we can and not rest on our laurels, or not allow formula to come into what we do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

At the [teenage] time, I did have an inkling of my sexuality. And I had an inkling that I was different from other people in ways beyond my sexuality. But I didn't get into music because I thought, Oh, these people will understand me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

The world of WONDERLAND is authentic, vibrant, and genuine. Stacey D’Erasmo explores the delight and terror of second chances. A great read!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

Frankly I'm not great with heroin addicts. I tried heroin, but it was by accident. I'm not great with that level of substance abuse.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

Once I reached my 40s, I thought to myself that if I'm going to play live now, I need to really mean this. I can't go out and be a little bit, for one moment slovenly in my choices as a performer. I mean, these people have paid a lot of money to be here, they've been through the nightmare of getting here, starving themselves waiting for us to get on stage, so I'm going to give them what they came here for.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

Because the casual music listeners are the ones who turn on the radio and they don't really care what's playing, they just know that they kinda like it or it's easy to drive to or it's easy to sing along to or whatever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

I'm kind of quoting Thurston [Moore] and Kim [Gordon] in saying that about not being great with addicts, because they are the ones who said it to me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

I really wanted to be on Six Feet Under as a corpse. That would be hysterical.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Michael Stipe

We're kind of an international phenomenon.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

I distinctly remember a conversation with my band in the van where I was having a complete meltdown. It was 1984, I think, and I was huddled in the back corner of our van and saying, "I can't do this. I can't do this. I can't do this." I didn't want to play any more shows. I just wanted to stop.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

I was doing that [a collaboration with Kurt Cobain] to try to save his life. The collaboration was me calling up as an excuse to reach out to this guy. He was in a really bad place.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Michael Stipe

I am not an autobiographical writer. I'll take little elements here and there from things that I've actually experienced-counting eyelashes on a sleeping beauty, for example.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Michael Stipe

Sometimes I'm confused by what I think is really obvious. But what I think is really obvious obviously isn't obvious.