Happy 53rd Birthday Michael Stipe!

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Happy 53rd birthday to Michael Stipe. The former lead singer of the legendary REM was born on this day in DeCatur, Georgia.

As for his childhood, he recently tweeted: “My second memory ever was hallucinatory. This speaks to the vastness, the grandiosity of the universe.”

We’re wishing the musician, filmmaker and activist a great day and many more!

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.