Michael Stipe invented a new kind of rock n’ roll singer with the legendary band R.E.M., and a new paradigm of rock stardom. But he didn’t stop there. He evolved along with his audience. He grew and mutated as we did. He’s arguably the only great 80’s rock star who mattered even more after the 80’s were over. Ever since, fans have looked up to Stipe as an inspirational model of a lifelong, independent, creative artist.