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Alec Baldwin Interviews Michael Stipe About the Election, Baldwin’s Trump Impersonation, and More

On Baldwin's WNYC Talk Show He Also Discusses Prince and His Current Plans

Nov 08, 2016 Michael Stipe Photography by Steven Dewall (for Under the Radar) Bookmark and Share

Alec Baldwin has interviewed former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe for his WNYC radio talk show “Here’s the Thing.” They start by discussing Stipe’s childhood and his earliest musical experiences. Eventually talk turns to today’s election and Stipe (originally a Bernie Sanders supporter) brings up Baldwin’s impersonations of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, pointing out that the media is partly responsible for Trump’s success in this election (“Warhol said, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. How have we created this monster?”). He also reveals that he turned down Kevin Spacey’s role in the movie Se7en as R.E.M. was touring at the time and that Prince “always hated me for” because Stipe owned his masters and Prince didn’t. In terms of his current plans, he’s been “dabbling” in music and has produced and co-written the new Fischerspooner album, which is due out next spring. R.E.M. broke up in 2011. Listen to the whole 40-minute interview below, via Pitchfork.


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