REM’s Michael Stipe announces autobiographical photo book

REM frontman Michael Stipe has revealed that he’s currently working on a “series of books” about his life – and that he will be releasing an autobiographical photo book later this year.

“It’s the first in a series of books I’m releasing,” 57-year-old Stipe told the Creative Independent. “This one focuses on my timeline, on the work I’ve done all along, all through the band and back to my early 20s.

“It’s all photo-based, but some of it’s just documentation of things I’m obsessed with and that I focus on to make new pieces from. There are also certain things I’ll take, recontextualize, and present as something completely different.”

Stipe is working on the photo book with his frequent collaborator Jonathan Berger. The pair previously teamed for a project called New Sights, New Noise – an art piece the duo presented while Stipe served as a guest artist at NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions in November 2014.

Stipe added, “Jonathan and I are also working on a project for the High Line, which will involve composing some pieces of music to be played by this bell tower that will be constructed at the northern end. He and I have several projects going simultaneously.”

Last year, Stipe revealed that he also hopes to return to music in some capacity after being inspired by the David Bowie tributes he participated in.

 

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