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Michael Stipe
January 4, 1960 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

There are people that very strongly identify themselves as gay and then lesbian, and then I think there are a lot of people who are kind of some percentage or some version of that.


We're absolutely American and distinctly so, I think. That's part of what people respond to outside of this country, part of the reason that we're such a huge band outside of the U.S., where we're not so popular now as we were 10 or 12 years ago.


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


I think there were early critics who wanted us to change the world because the Sex Pistols failed.


There was a point in the '80s when I looked out at my audience and I saw people that - were I not on the stage - they'd sooner slug me as they walked by me on the sidewalk. And I realized that I was way beyond the choir.


Peter was sick of being a pop star, the guitar god, and so he decided to teach himself other instruments. Among the instruments that he picked up was the mandolin.


Sometimes before we make a record I go back and listen to a few. It's equally humbling and uplifting.


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.


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


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


I'm just not that fascinating a person to have had all those lives that I've written about.


I'm tired of being this solemn poet of the masses, the enigma shrouded in a mystery.


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


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