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MICHAEL-PRODUCED C-00 FILM JOHNNY BERLIN OPENS AT NYTV FESTIVAL


Michael has co-produced a new flim for C-Hundred Film Corp called Johnny Berlin (Black Shoe Films). The film, directed by Dominic DeJoseph (director of R.E.M.’s “Bittersweet Me” video), will play in the documentary category at the brand new NYTV Festival this Friday, September 30th. Other producers include Jim McKay (co-executive

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LONDONIST INTERVIEWS BERTIS


A few weeks after the tour, Bertis spoke with Mark Merrifield of the Londonist.com about a variety of subjects including the tour, Hyde Park, and some of his favorite places to visit in London. The interview with Bertis is featured on their website today. Read the excerpt below and

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STRINGS TO TOUR WITH POSIES


Non-stop rocker, Ken Stringfellow, will hit the road soon with his band The Posies in support of their latest release. According to Ken, “The Posies are on the move in support of our new album, ‘Every Kind of Light’ released by Rykodisc this year. Chances are we are coming

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MICHAEL’S HEAD SPINS


Michael’s head has made Spin Magazine’s “25 Most Incredible” rock star body parts according to yahoo.com which reports that the magazine “has built a veritable rock star Frankenstein, composed of Michael Stipe’s skull, Elvis Presley’s pelvis and Madonna’s bellybutton.”

According to the report, in addition to building the most

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POSTCARD FROM THE OLD HOMETOWN


Some home, some still traveling… all adjusting to life of calm after months/years of what is also known as a touring cycle. After all this time of prescribed movement, and knowing exactly where we would be/what we would be doing months in advance, it

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ATHENS REWINDS AS ALBUM COVERS SHINE


Athens’ Lyndon House Arts Center has an exhibit running through August 6th called “Headspinning: Inspiration from the Canvas to the Album Cover” which showcases some of the amazing art and album covers that have come out of Athens since 1980. The exhibit includes work by R.E.M.’s art man Chris

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POSTCARD FROM HOME


�great to be back in the office after a long cycle of travel and touring, although somewhat overwhelmed by the avalanche of items greeting me, even in this digital age.

Impossible to summarize adequately the trip, but I tried to on a plane recently�

We are finished with it now, the

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HYDE PARK CONCERT ON BBC RADIO THIS SATURDAY


BBC Radio 2 will broadcast portions of R.E.M’s monumental July 16th Hyde Park concert on Saturday, July 23rd at 9:30pm. You can click here for more information; the concert will be available on BBC Radio 2’s website for seven additional days after the Saturday July 23rd

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HYDE PARK REVISITED


Uncut’s website, uncut.co.uk, has a cool feature on the band called R.E.M.: The Alternative Best Of in which they’ve selected 17 alternate tracks from the Warner Bros. catalog. Click here to have a look and see if you agree with Uncut’s selections.

We’ve also compiled a

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MICHAEL’S END OF TOUR RANT


Well its over and we did it. It was 24 hours ago that we completed our last show of the tour at hyde park, rescheduled due to the immense sadness and tragedy of the london bombings. To witness first hand a city and people pull themselves up after

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GET YOUR WANDERLUST


While R.E.M gets ready to rock Hyde Park this Saturday, Wanderlust, the 4th single from Around the Sun, has hit the summer airwaves and you can get your copy by clicking HERE for CD or Red vinyl or HERE for the digital download (read more)…

The band

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CARDIFF REVIEW & LIVE 8 FOOTAGE


Be sure to read Murmurs.com’s stellar review of the Cardiff Show R.E.M played on Sunday at Millenium Stadium in Wales. Click here to read the concert review by murmurs.com correspondent Robert Andrews.

Also, murmurs gives a nice heads up on Live 8 video footage which you can view

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BRIEF UPDATE FROM IPSWICH


A different kind of opening tonight in Ipswich, as Michael made a statement of commemoration and expressed the hope that the music tonight could, as it often does, be a form of healing, of remembrance, of a celebration of life…the band then went into what should be an inspired set:

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R.E.M. ROCK THE RAIN IN HULL (late hull edition*)


Early reports from Hull indicate R.E.M is pulling out all the stops on another rain-soaked evening, � la New Plymouth, New Zealand, and Rock am Ring Germany, having already played Reveal’s beautiful paean to the heavens, I’ll Take the Rain, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Have You Ever Seen the Rain,

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POSTCARD OVERLOOKING HYDE PARK, JULY 1, 2005


We have had quite a week…

Horsens, Denmark was quite a revelation. A 2-hour train ride from Copenhagen, near Aarhus in Jutland, it seems Horsens has been using concerts as a tourist/destination attraction. From what I am told, since the main prison of the country is there, some enlightened