REM’s Michael Stipe selects the 10 books he’d take to a desert island – see full list

Frontman's list includes titles by Jack Kerouac, Dougas Coupland and Kurt Vonnegut

R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe has revealed a list of his 10 favourite books.

Stipe selected his list as part of One Grand, a new bookstore devised by magazine editor Aaron Hicklin that only stocks books which feature on the list of favourites from selected artists, writers and creative personalities. Actress Tilda Swinton and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney have already contributed their lists and now Stipe has joined in.

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The frontman’s list includes classic titles such as On The Road by Jack Kerouac and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita as well as more recently published works like Just Kids by Patti Smith.


See the full list below:

Complete Works by Arthur Rimbaud
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Dhalgren by Samuel R Delaney
Breakfast Of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Four Plays by Aristophanes translated by William Arrowsmith
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
Just Kids by Patti Smith

It was recently announced that Patti Smith’s Just Kids will be turned into a TV series by Showtime, the station behind Homeland and Dexter. The US cable network will produce a limited series adaptation of the book, co-written and co-produced by Smith with screenwriter and television producer John Logan.

NME asked readers to vote for who they want to see take on the role of Smith in the series with Stewart winning by a landslide, polling nearly half of all votes (46 per cent). Stewart is best known for her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise and has also appeared in Still Alice and On The Road as well as playing Joan Jett in 2010 film The Runaways.

Other actresses who NME readers deemed capable of playing Smith included Charlotte Gainsbourg (30 per cent), Lizzy Caplan (five per cent) and Cate Blanchett (three per cent).


Smith herself has previously picked out Stewart as an actress who could play her on screen. “Kristen has a very special quality,” Smith told Entertainment Weekly in 2012. “She’s not conventionally beautiful, but very charismatic.”

Smith recently announced a sequel to Just Kids, titled M Train, which will be released on October 6. It has been described as a “roadmap” through Smith’s life.

One Grand is open in New York now.