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05.16.2018 - Read Jeff Burger's complete Plain Spoken From The Chicago Theatre review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp is in fine form throughout, and he’s working here with the strongest, most complementary band he’s ever had...."

"this is the kind of music that makes you feel lucky to be alive to hear it..." Read More

05.11.2018 - What does it take to be a rock ‘n’ roll legend? At age 66, John Mellencamp probably never asked himself this question. Yet despite his indifference to the whole idea of fame — his aversion to it, actually — that is what he has become. Go figure.

Read Bob Doerschuk's phone interview with John about the process of his live CD/DVD Plain Spoken From The Chicago Theatre out today after the jump. Read More

05.11.2018 - Today, Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre – a narrative film experience by John Mellencamp –is available on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and Digital Video Format and Digital Audio Format.

A unique voyage into the mind and music of John Mellencamp, Plain Spoken is a live concert filmed at the historic Chicago Theatre, overlaid with personal commentary from the man himself reflecting on his career and life. Watch "My Soul's Got Wing's" from the documentary below

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05.10.2018 - A tremendous release for fans of John Mellencamp, Plain Spoken - From the Chicago Theatre offers not only an intense audio/visual concert experience, but also an intimate look inside the artist's life. The feature-length, 16-song concert is presented in two ways: 1) as a straightforward (and frickin' awesome) heartland rock show, 2) that same show with Mellencamp's "commentary" running over it. The actual audio sounds like more of a prepared, biographical work rather than what has become the standard "describe what's on screen" kind of audio track. In other words, this commentary commands attention, with Mellencamp delivering his life story with quiet urgency. Read the complete review after the jump. Read More

05.08.2018 - A songwriter, storyteller, musician, actor, artist, and social activist, Mellencamp has recently brought together the many facets of his personality to create the beautifully-authored Plain Spoken: From the Chicago Theatre. Taking place at the historic venue just hours from his native Indiana, this is one concert experience for fans to truly cherish. The package includes two versions of the same concert: one the standard addition, while the other contains voice-over commentary from the man himself. Additionally, for those inclined to enjoy Mellencamp in auditory format alone, a CD contains the audio of the concert performance without any visual accompaniments. Read the complete review after the jump. Read More

05.08.2018 - "In my mind, John Mellencamp is a rocking version of Merle Haggard," says Jake Owen. "He's able to say things simply about America in a way where everyone understood it."

Baked into the foundation of any art form is the knowledge that everything new is built on some adaptation of what came before it. Read the complete Billboard article after the jump. Read More

04.23.2018 - Bob Morris visited John at his art studio in Indiana to speak with him about his life as a painter, his development of his paintings and assemblages, and to view his latest works that will be on exhibit at the ACA Galleries in New York City April 26th - June 2nd. Read this fascinating interview after the jump.

"Like the characters in the Steinbeck and Faulkner novels he admired in his youth and the dustbowl inflected songs of Woody Guthrie, he paints about alienation and struggle more than joy or ease..." Read More

04.17.2018 - We are pleased to announce contemporary artist John Mellencamp’s new exhibition, Life, Death, Love, Freedom, opening at ACA Galleries on April 26, 2018 in New York. This is Mellencamp’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, and will showcase two bodies of work: Mellencamp’s sculptural assemblages and series of portraits. Read the complete press release after the jump.

“Mellencamp paints handsomely grotesque portraits in oil that are as solemn and stirring as his hit songs are catchy and inspirational -- depicting existential scenes and human beings ridden with the angst of the everyday” notes critic Doug McClemont..." Read More

02.06.2018 - John will be inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 14th at the 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York City. The 2018 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees "is a prodigious representation of creators of cross-genre hits, certain to resonate with everyone," said SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff. President/CEO Linda Moran says "each year, the slate of songwriters we induct is more diverse and illustrative of the history and contributions that we strive to acknowledge and honor. We could not be more excited to preside over this year’s event and to give these songwriters their due respect." Read the official press release that includes a complete list of all the inductees after the jump. Read More

08.17.2017 - Premiered live on Yahoo'sThe Katie Couric Interview "Easy Target" is John’s reflection on the state of our country. An outspoken artist, Mellencamp continues his journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song. Download or stream "Easy Target" on all music services including iTunes and Spotify.

Easy Target

Here's an easy target
With just one quiet pop
Shot to hell anyway
No reason to stop
In the streets and the gutters
The cotton fields in this land
Here's an easy target
With a trigger, in your hand

So, Black lives matter
Who we trying to kid
Here's an easy target
Don't matter, never did
Crosses burning
Such a long time ago
400 years and we still don't, let it go

well let the poor be damned
And the easy targets too
All are created equal
Equally beneath me and you
Children crying
Under the time-keeping sun
The war on the easy targets
We won't ever, get this done

Easy targets
All along the avenue
Living here in Sucker Town,
Baby me and you
Behind the bars
To keep each other apart
Easy targets
Our Country's broken heart
Our Country's broken heart
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07.23.2017 - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, located in Cleveland, OH, presents a special exhibit on the life, art and music of 2008 Inductee John Mellencamp. The exhibit, which opened November 10, 2016 in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibition Hall, features over 100 items, including handwritten lyrics, guitars and paintings. “In working closely with John Mellencamp to create this exhibit, it was very clear that he embodies what rock and roll is all about – rebellion, being true to yourself, and, of course, making great music,” says Karen Herman, Vice President of Collections & Curatorial Affairs at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“I would like this exhibit to let people know, or discover, that I really have spent my entire life living the way that I want to live, and doing what I want to do,” Mellencamp says. “And, that I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world for being able to do that.” Read the complete press release on, which  includes a list of some of the artifacts from John's personal collection contained in the exhibit. Learn more about the exhibit at Watch the preview below and read the complete press release after the jump.

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04.28.2017 - John released his 23rd full-length album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, featuring Carlene Carter, on Friday April 28th, 2017. On the album Mellencamp returns to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies showcases a poet who has wisely used the years between youth and the present day to become an absolute of master of songwriting and interpretation. That passion and experience resonates most beautifully in this showcase of his music.

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03.03.2017 - John's new video, for his latest release, "Grandview" premiered live on today!  "Grandview" is about having a dream and staying connected to your dream, no matter how big or how small,” Mellencamp tells PARADE. “It’s your dream and your responsibility to make the dream come true.”

The black-and-white video showcases Mellencamp’s slick delivery with McBride’s powerhouse vocals — both dripping in heartland coolness. “Just an old country boy, wearing my Osh-Kosh boots / Walked by the trailer factory, every day on my way to school / Early on in life the only thing I wanted to do / Was to buy me a trailer and move it down to Grandview,” Mellencamp sings in the opening verse.

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