Listen as Michael reads “We Are the People” by Lou Reed from his posthumous work “Do Angels Need Haircuts?” Let this exceptional piece inspire you to vote today.
“From a very young age I responded strongly to injustice of any kind. Our system of government is imperfect, but it does strive, at its best, to be fair and equitable to all, and to uphold the ideals of democracy. I despise feeling “taken,” swindled, jilted, punked, or pranked. When policy leaders, parties, or lobbyists … Continued
“Hi from Michael!! I’m excited to work alongside Plan Your Vote, a 2020 artist initiative to promote and empower citizens to exercise their right to vote.” PLAN YOUR VOTE brings together members of the creative community to offer all the voting resources needed to exercise your rights. Now, more than ever, it’s urgent to PLAN YOUR … Continued
Bruce Springsteen’s￼ song “Philadelphia” repurposed in this film by Don Winslow. Michael’s reaction: “As Stacey Abrams says, November 3rd is last call—vote as soon as you possibly can to secure our voices in this important moment—what will we make of America?? Lets find out!” Please spread far and wide!
In 1990, R.E.M. were featured on a poster for the American Library Association’s READ campaign to promote the pleasure and importance of reading—and it became an instant collector’s item for anyone lucky enough to get one. The READ poster campaign gave Bill, Peter, Mike, and Michael a chance to promote their love of reading and to … Continued
The 16th anniversary of the Vote For Change stop in Detroit at Cobo Arena on October 3, 2004 with Bruce Springsteen, Bright Eyes, and John Fogerty. Highlights were numerous that night, but for the band, being joined onstage by the Boss for “Bad Day” and “Man On The Moon,” Peter and Mike accompanying Bruce and the E Street Band on “Born To Run,” and Michael singing “Because The Night” were special and hard to top.
“I don’t remember having to write “Losing My Religion,” and so that’s a good sign. That indicates it just kind of flew out of me.” – Michael Stipe
Watch a very special edition of #TeamJoeTalks with Michael and @staceyabrams who discuss what’s on the line in the 2020 election. Watch here.
Dear Friends of R.E.M./The Minus 5/Filthy Friends et al.: Today we celebrate what would have been Bill Rieflin’s 60th birthday. Bill’s former band(s)mate Chris Connelly has tipped us off to this beautiful tribute. See the full tale of the song at Chris’s Bandcamp page where you can also download.
“Hi from Michael!! I’m excited to work alongside Plan Your Vote, a 2020 artist initiative to promote and empower citizens to exercise their right to vote.” PLAN YOUR VOTE brings together members of the creative community to offer all the voting resources you need to exercise your rights. Now, more than ever, it’s urgent to … Continued
We encourage everyone to watch All In: The Fight For Democracy featuring Stacey Abrams to learn more about voting rights and how to take action this November. ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY is available on Amazon Prime TODAY! #ALLINFORVOTING Visit the website for more information.
Netflix series SongExploder spotlights some of the world’s greatest musicians as they reveal how they brought one of their songs to life. “Losing My Religion” will be featured in the series along with tracks by Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Ty Dolla $. Song Exploder is hosted by Hrishi Hirway and premieres October 2nd on … Continued
“Although I now call New York City home, Athens, Georgia, has been a base to me since the late 1970s. It’s where I started REM, and it is a place that I have returned to again and again, even as I have travelled and lived in other places around the globe. Sadly, Athens – also … Continued
Michael will have an essay in the Guardian on Thursday, the 17th of September. Stay tuned for more tomorrow.