Michael Stipe has a new book of art photography out, called simply “Volume 1”. Stipe was the frontman for a band called REM, who started out in the early eighties on US alternative music circuit. From their fanbase on American college radio stations, they built up a cult International following which exploded in the early nineties to propel them to chart stardom. The band finished touring six years ago and called it a day. Stipe was always an enigmatic figure, evading questions about his sexuality. However, he always supported LGBT and HIV causes, and came out as queer in 2001.