Photographer and REM frontman Michael Stipe followed friend and fellow musician Patti Smith on tour for two weeks in 1995. Two Times Intro is his intimate and evocative visual diary of her return to live performance, along with portraits of other cultural celebrities such as Allen Ginsberg, who appeared with her. In addition to text by Stipe (including a brand new introduction for 2011), William S. Burroughs and Patti Smith, there is also commentary from Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Lenny Kaye, Tom Verlaine and others who have been inspired by Smith's work.
Michael Stipe: Michael Stipe is a singer, photographer, film producer, and activist. He lives in Athens, Georgia and New York City. R.E.M. (http: //www.remhq.com/) formed in 1980 in Athens, Georgia, and is composed of Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe. Heralded by Rolling Stone as America's Best Rock and Roll Band, R.E.M. rose from cult college radio status to sell more than 70 million albums worldwide and be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.