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04.19.2018 - Next Tuesday, John sits down with Dan Rather for a no holds barred interview touching on politics, race relations, and the state of the country on AXS TV at 9pm EST. Do not miss this incredible interview! Watch a preview of the interview below.

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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

04.17.2018 - On April 26th John's new painting exhibit titled Life, Death, Love and Freedom which features more than 25 new political paintings will open up at the ACA Galleries in New York City. John spoke with Nadja Savej of The Guardian in a phone interview about politics, music, and painting. Here is an excerpt: “There’s nothing closer to heaven than painting,” said Mellencamp. “That’s as close as you get, you’re totally released to your imagination and you can’t edit your imagination. It took me a long time to come to that conclusion. I think my songs and paintings reflect that...” Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More

04.06.2018 - John Mellencamp celebrates The Man In Black on the 'Johnny Cash: Forever Words' project. This album features 16 new songs based on unknown poetry, letters, and lyrics written by Cash. The album features John and band performing "Them Double Blues."

When Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash passed, they left behind what John Carter Cash, their son and Johnny Cash: Forever Words co-producer, describes as a "monstrous amassment” of things, including a treasure trove of undiscovered material that includes Johnny Cash’s handwritten letters, poems and documents, penned across the entirety of his life. Purchase the album now HERE. After the jump you can listen to the full song!

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03.19.2018 - Songwriter. Storyteller. Musician. Actor. Artist. Social Activist… These are just some words that come to mind when the name John Mellencamp is spoken. On May 11th, fans will have the ability to get a deeper look at this artist when Eagle Rock Entertainment proudly presents Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre. Read the complete press release after the jump.

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02.15.2018 - Read David Masciotra's complete review of Plain Spoken From The Chicago Theatre after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp has made it clear that not all – not even the majority – of his songs are actually about him, but in the true tradition of the authentic artist, he has given himself to his audience...:

"Mellencamp has an insistence – exciting to me and many others, but perhaps frustrating to some – of never doing anything according to convention. The new documentary is a unique presentation of the work and mind of a musician, unlike any other concert film..." 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

02.02.2018 - John was the musical guest performing a moving "Easy Target" off his most recent release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night. Watch this incredible performance below.

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02.02.2018 - Just days before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sank to his knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after performing a political ballad on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and-piano dirge “Easy Target,” with the lyrics “In the street and the gutters/ The cotton fields in this land/ Here’s an easy target.” At the end, he knelt and lifted his right fist into the air.

The song comes from Mellencamp’s album “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies,” which came out late last year.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement at the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of black males. The protests prompted President Donald Trump to say players should be fired for not standing during the anthem.

“Taking the knee started purely and simply as a protest of racial and social injustice,” Mellencamp told The Associated Press. “Sadly it was politicized by the current administration. The song is simple and the protest is pure.” Read More

01.28.2018 - John Mellencamp brings a particularly strong outing from his recent, acclaimed “Plain Spoken” tour to Netflix, singing songs that span his entire career, from the pop hits of the ’80s to his more recent experiments with old-fashioned Americana. But there’s a twist here that sets it apart from other concert films: Throughout the performance, Mellencamp is heard in voice-over, telling stories about his childhood and his early adventures in the music business. It takes a song or two to adjust to hearing what amounts to a DVD commentary track for a rock ’n’ roll show, but soon the star’s singing voice and speaking voice become an engaging duet, revealing the deeper meanings and motivations behind a great singer-songwriter’s work. 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 Mellencamp.com, which  includes a list of some of the artifacts from John's personal collection contained in the exhibit. Learn more about the exhibit at RockHall.com. 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 PARADE.com 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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