Below are Michael Stipe's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set.
Few rock stars achieve the extraordinary stature of Michael Stipe, the artist and former frontman of R.E.M., the art rock band from Athens, Georgia, that managed to find global fame without sacrificing the alt-rock instincts that suffused their music. Or, as Spin writer Charles Aaron put it, within the punk-inspired scene of the day, “R.E.M. was first to show us you can be big and still be cool.” See the full list...
Because of Patti Smith I read Rimbaud’s entire works at the age of 16. The whole time I was thinking his name was pronounced Rim-bawd. I actually can’t say at the time that I understood much of the finer points, but it was a wild read.
On the Road
This book became my band’s template. To explore the country and do it all — having a great big time — on our terms, and no one else’s. Hooray! Followed by “The First Third” by Neal Cassady. The muse speaks, writes, smokes, drinks, seduces.
Samuel R. Delaney
Where I learned in eighth grade, I think, that in the future you could have unbridled sci-fi sex with every man and woman within reach, without guilt, fear or weirdness, and have great end-of-times adventures. Just like my dreams! Fantastically futuristic!
$173.96 The Lightless Sky
Gulwali Passarlay with Nadene Ghouri
$309.75 Tenth of December
$161.92 The Man Who Was Thursday
G. K. Chesterton
Neil Patrick Harris
$156.93 Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear
$158.85 Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo
$154.82 A Prayer for Owen Meany
$153.96 Play It As It Lays
$164.54 The Quiet American
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