02/08/2014 - John recently afforded Architectural Digest readers an opportunity to see the interior design of his Daufuskie Island retreat. Pick up a copy of the March issue on newsstands, or download the digital edition to see more photos and to read the complete story.
Read the complete article online at
architechuraldigest.com. View a photo slideshow of the home
01/29/2014 - Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger passed away Monday, January 27, 2014. John had developed a friendship with Pete and was a vocal supporter and fan of his work. Pete was 94.
When word of Pete Seeger's death reached John, he issued a statement where he commented, "Pete Seeger always tried to make the world a better place through his music and activism. His lifelong commitment to the cause of peace and to addressing the plight of the downtrodden has been an inspiration to all those who have championed society's victims and have done what they could to combat injustice. His music and commitment was more powerful than a thousand armies. We are fortunate that he lit the way for so long."
Later, he told the New York Times, " Probably my most inspirational moment with Pete was playing at his 90th birthday concert, at Madison Square Garden. I asked him, ‘What do you think of this?’ He said, ‘It’s awfully nice. But you know, if you want to make a difference, you’ve got to keep things small. Keep it small, John. These big things are fine occasionally, but they make a big noise and then people forget them.’ And I think he was right. Farm Aid is an example: it’s small, but we keep plugging away.”
At the 90th birthday celebration for Pete, John covered Pete's "If I Had A Hammer" and performed his own Seeger inspired "A Ride Back Home." John and Pete teamed up again at the 2013 Farm Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs NY. Pete joined John, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Dave Matthews to sing "This Land Is Your Land" and "If I Had A Hammer." After the jump you can watch all of those performances. Read More
12/30/2013 - Mellencamp’s Masterpieces -
Champion of the heartland, Farm Aid founder, and accomplished Americana musician, John Mellencamp has been covertly pulling double-duty as a visual artist for more than 20 years. But with his first art museum exhibition at Youngstown, Ohio’s Butler Institute of American Art in progress, the spotlight is now shining brightly on 40 of his original oil paintings. Inspired largely by German artists Max Beckmann and Otto Dix, Mellencamp’s work is emotional and progressive, in keeping with his award-winning music. For Mellencamp, who began his painting career by training with the Art Students League in New York in the late 1980s, inspiration is ubiquitous, and his pieces range from the brazenly political to the intimately personal.
12/30/2013 - John will be delivering the game football for Duke (John's son Hud is on the Duke football team) during the pregame on New Years Eve at the Chick-fil-A Bowl game being held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA between Duke and Texas A&M. Watch the game on ESPN at 8pm ET. Read More
12/24/2013 - Read Kit O'Toole's review of John's boxed set 1978-2012 after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp’s early rebellious streak is alive and well,.."
"Over the last twenty years, Mellencamp has served as a living definition of the term “Renaissance man...”
"John Mellencamp 1978-2012 box set is a must-own for any Mellencamp fan. It provides a long overdue spotlight on his impressive work, and successfully argues why he has become a legendary figure in rock ‘n’ roll history..." Read More
12/20/2013 - Read Doug McClemont's discussion with John about his paintings on exhibit now at the Butler Institute of American Art until January 12th after the jump. Here are some excerpts: " the person who convinced Mellencamp to first consider showing the paintings was fellow music-icon-turned-professional-artist Bob Dylan, who cajoled his friend into taking the leap during a visit to Mellencamp’s Indiana home.,,"
"the conversation always turns back to the troubled environment and the woes of humanity such as racism and poverty..." Read More
12/13/2013 - Remember John's classic video Pink Houses? For your chance to win an autographed 1978-2012 Box Set all you have to do is: Watch the video, answer the questions (the correct answers are not required to qualify) and hit submit to be entered in the Watch and Win Sweepstakes. Click HERE
for all the details! Read More
12/12/2013 - The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, took place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 6. To get the night started, fans were treated to a special performance by John. The event aired on FOX Sports 2 and NASCAR. Motor Racing Network (radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio also provided coverage. Read the press release on
"R.O.C.K in the U.S.A" and "Pink Houses" Read More
12/09/2013 - Read Andy Greene's recent interview with John for
RollingStone.com to get a peak at John's thoughts on recording his new album and his future touring plans! Read on after the jump. Read More
12/06/2013 - The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, will take place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 6. To get the night started, fans will be treated to a special performance by John. Later in the evening country music star Dierks Bentley and singer Sara Bareilles will also perform. Comedian Jay Mohr will host this year's event. The event will air on FOX Sports 2 and NASCAR.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, with Motor Racing Network (radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio also providing coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET. The Awards will re-air on FOX Sports 1 at noon ET on Sunday, Dec. 8. Read the press release on
NASCAR.com Read More
12/05/2013 - The end of the year double issue of Rolling Stone Magazine features a multi-page article about John. Entitled "John Mellencamp: My Life In 15 Songs," the article finds John reflecting back on his career by telling stories surrounding 15 notable songs from his catalog. The issue, dated Dec. 19 with Will Ferrell/Ron Burgundy on the cover, is hitting store shelves now! Read the entire article after the jump. Read More
12/03/2013 - John was recently interviewed about his paintings by Lilly Wei for Studio International. The interview took place at the opening of John's exhibit of 40 paintings at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, which runs from November 3, 2013 to January 12, 2014.
Be sure to visit Studio International's website to view the gallery of John's paintings that accompany the article. The complete article is available after the jump. Read More
12/01/2013 - John Mellencamp 1978 – 2012, a uniquely comprehensive boxed set collection
covering the legendary singer/songwriter’s principal studio albums, will be
released by Universal Music Enterprises on December 17. Pre-orders now at
www.amazon.com ensure holiday delivery. The collection consists of a total of 19
CDs originally released over a recording career that spans 35 years.
11/19/2013 - In The Studio with Redbeard, a nationally syndicated radio program, celebrates Uh-Huh as part of their series "The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands." The special which includes music from the album along with a 1983 interview from the time of the albums release, will be airing on radio stations nationwide beginning this week (find
your local station) or you can stream the interview portion of the program online
HERE, it includes a rare live acoustic version of "Pink Houses". Read More
11/13/2013 - Longtime guitarist Mike Wanchic tells Brian Ives of Radio.com, "Mellencamp began wrestling creative control from record labels and managers on American Fool. Read the entire interview after the jump. Here are some excerpts: “That was the band, that was the sound, that was what took us to the heights that we reached. That was the core sound that we followed all the way through the ’90s: guitar, bass, drums. We’ve always been a guitar-driven band...”
“When we put together a show today, we try to project not only who we were, but who we are now. We’re still relevant, we’re still making records, we’re not a band who is purely living on their legacy...” Read More