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A Fully Loaded Automatic

Michael Stipe talks about adolescence, aging, Trump hatred, Andy Kaufman love and the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People


PEOPLE PLEASERS Stipe, with binoculars, and the rest of R.E.M. in 1992, from left, Buck, Berry and Mills.


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MICHAEL STIPE IS OFFERING ME ANCHOVIES. “This is not what I expected,” the retired rock star says, poking at the plate of fish he’s just ordered at a seafood bar in New York City’s East Village. “Do you eat anchovies?”

This is not what I expected either: being served seafood by the ex-frontman of R.E.M. I politely decline, citing vegetarianism.

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