Everyone has a story. The following interview is taken from the best of Andrew Denton's award-winning Enough Rope series, ranking among the most penetrating discussions from the 2000s with celebrities, larger-than-life personalities and average Joes.
Michael Stipe is a global rock superstar who seems to have forgotten to live up to the cliches. To the best of Andrew's knowledge, he has never been found snorting coke off the buttocks of groupies or trashed a hotel room. For 25 years he and his band REM have trod the other path, making smart, thoughtful and sexy albums. They've risen to the height of their profession without losing sight of the music or inventing new ways to embarrass themselves.