by Chris Bilheimer
Michael Stipe shares stories and mementos from his life spent creating art
Since R.E.M.’s amicable end in 2011, the frontman has continued to create and write. He spoke to World Cafe about revisiting New Adventures in Hi-Fi and what it’s like making new music on his own.
- "Leave (Original)"
- "Leave (Alternate Version)"
- "E-Bow The Letter"
*This session originally aired on March 4, 2022.
Michael Stipe has a restless energy to him. And that makes sense. He’s spent much of his life moving, traveling and touring as the frontman of R.E.M., and since that band’s amicable end in 2011, he has continued to create and write. He’s put out a few books of his own photography, and recently has started releasing songs as a solo artist. R.E.M. also put out a 25th anniversary version of its album New Adventures in Hi-Fi last fall.
In this session, Stipe joined me to talk about what it was like to look back on R.E.M. while revisiting that album and what it’s like making new music on his own, and to share stories and mementos from his life spent creating art.