R.E.M. guitarist who wrote the 1999 song "Man on the Moon" and who also worked as a notable music producer.
He went to Emory University and the University of Georgia. He met his bandmate Michael Stipe while working at a record store.
He had many other side projects with bands including Hindu Love Gods, The Minus 5, and Tired Pony.
He married Barrie Greene in May 1987 and, after their divorce in 1994, he remarried Stephanie Dorgan in 1995.
He founded R.E.M. with Bill Berry.