Stipe is noted and occasionally parodied for the “mumbling” style of his early career as well as his social and political activism. He was in charge of R.E.M.’s visual image; often selecting album artwork and directing many of the band’s music videos. Outside of the music industry, he runs his own film production companies: C-00 and Single Cell Pictures.
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- Nels Cline (born January 4, 1956 in Los Angeles) is an American guitarist and composer, currently the lead guitarist of alternative rock band Wilco. David Carr of the New York Times describes Cline as “one of the best guitarists in any genre.” He was named the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2011.
- Arthur Lee Conley (January 4, 1946 – November 17, 2003) was an Americansoulsinger, best known for the 1967 hit “Sweet Soul Music“.
- Patty Loveless (born Patty Lee Ramey, January 4, 1957), is an Americancountry music singer.
Since her emergence on the country music scene in late 1986 with her first (self-titled) album, Loveless has been one of the most popular female singers of the Neotraditional country movement, although she has also recorded albums in the Country pop and Bluegrass genres.