QUOTE (UNQUOTE): Patti Smith

"What I loved about the R.E.M. shows was the R.E.M. people, because they

sang songs and they seemed so positive, so it was a great night. I like what

they do because they address certain things, and Michael [Stipe] has very, very

strong lyrics that people really like. He's able to cut through a lot of the music

business bullshit because he gives a heightened message in an accessible

form, I think, sometimes. I find that very admirable." -- Patti Smith, legendary

punk songstress.