From Beginning To End
by Josh Jackson
The last time Michael Stipe was in a studio, he, Peter Buck and Mike Mills recorded the final song for R.E.M.’s farewell compilation Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage. So you’ll have to forgive him if he’s a little choked up when he walks into our interview at the KMA Studio in New York’s famous Brill Building. R.E.M. is not a nostalgic band, he’ll insist. But still, this is a pretty big deal.
“I’m no longer in R.E.M.,” he says, a little incredulously. “That’s just crazy for me. I can’t describe how odd that is, to even say it.”
Stipe and Mills are in New York for some of their first interviews as...