Michael Stipe: Michael Stipe is a singer, photographer, film producer, and activist. He lives in Athens, Georgia and New York City. R.E.M. (http: //www.remhq.com/) formed in 1980 in Athens, Georgia, and is composed of Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe. Heralded by Rolling Stone as "America's Best Rock and Roll Band," R.E.M. rose from cult college radio status to sell more than 70 million albums worldwide and be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
"In Stipe's startling photographs and 12 brief written homages,
Patti Smith is depicted as a down-to-earth goddess, a part of and
apart from her evolving entourage of musicians, artists, poets
(Allen Ginsberg makes an appearance), and friends. This isn't a
traditional book of portraits . . . The overwhelming mood is one of
disjunction, claustrophobia, exhaustion, temporariness--and the
effect is raw and intimate . . . And [Stipe] is no longer the "dork
nerd" teenager, but a fellow musician -- and from his proud, caring
mien, even a protector." --"Publishers Weekly"
"An energetic and gracious tribute to not only a great artist, but also to a powerful moment in her oeuvre -- and to those who contributed to it and shared in it."
--"New York Journal of Books"