“Use Your Voice! Plan Your Vote!!” – Michael


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. Today you should: Register if you haven’t already. Verify your registration if you have any doubt. Check your absentee status if you aren’t sure. Set a reminder in case … Continued

Michael Says “Plan Your Vote”!!


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.

Michael Contributes Song to Jonathan Berger Exhibit in NYC


Michael has written a song included in an art exhibition arranged and curated by artist Jonathan Berger. The exhibit is titled “An Introduction to Nameless Love,” and shows at the PARTICIPANT INC gallery in NY from Sept. 9 – Oct. 11. Watch this video clip to learn more about the exhibition and to see a … Continued

ALEKA’S ATTIC | RIVER PHOENIX 50 Podcast w/ Michael


Watch a very special episode of the LaunchLeft podcast as Rain Phoenix and special guests, Flea, Dermot Mulroney, and Michael Stipe celebrate and remember the life and music of River Phoenix who would have turned 50 on August 23rd.  

Watch Michael on ACC Gov YouTube Tonight, 6-7 PM


Tune in tonight as Michael speaks with Athens-Clarke County, GA Unified Government Mayor Kelly Girtz on a virtual Community Conversation chat between 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. to coincide with the launch of the Athens Music Walk of Fame.

1983 Shea Stadium Signed Prints Available


From our dear friend for many years, Michael Plen, radio promotion executive nonpareil and on the side an awesome photographer (he’s making his iconic print available for a limited time at the link below his recollection— and this time it is signed by Berry Buck Mills and Stipe): Aug. 18, 1983 “Shea Stadium. R.E.M. opening … Continued

Behind The Song: “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” with Mike Mills


“I remember sitting at the kitchen table on Little Oconee Street in Athens, (Georgia),” Mills explains. “There’s a turnaround in the song that’s inspired by part of a Simon & Garfunkel song (“Mrs. Robinson”) that I heard, and I started building the song around that. Sometimes the first line is the hardest line and once … Continued

Bonus Weeks of Our Touring Days


Back in the olden days, helping to plan a tour of Europe was always among the funnest endeavors of my role with the band: way ahead of time, a year or more, always with our agent Bob Gold, in London off in a room with lots of air, great lighting and old (hardcopy) maps.