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06/06/2012 - Public tickets go on sale via TicketMaster on Friday, June 8th at 10 AM local venue time.

Visit the TOUR section for complete details, and ticket prices. Click the small blue information icon for show-specific information. Read More
06/05/2012 - John Mellencamp will receive the prestigious John Steinbeck Award, "in the souls of the people" on Monday, July 30th, at the historic California Theatre in San Jose. Thomas Steinbeck will present the John Steinbeck Award to John at an event titled "A Conversation and Special Performance" the evening will include a talk with Mellencamp, moderated by Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, and musical performance.

The John Steinbeck Award has been called "a beacon for the left" and its list of recipients "a who's who of disturbers." Previous recipients of the John Steinbeck Award are: Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, Studs Terkel, Dolores Huerta, John Sayles, Jackson Browne, Garrison Keillor, Joan Baez, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, and Rachel Maddow.

John Mellencamp commented, "John Steinbeck's remarkable ability to give voice to the common man and to people on society's margins, to describe their plight and aspirations, continues to inspire us more than a century after his birth. I'm very honored to be the recipient of an award given in his name." Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster. Click "Read More" to read the complete press release Read More
06/05/2012 - Seven lucky winners will receive a copy of John Mellencamp, Itís About You A Film By Kurt and Ian Markus DVD, a No Better Than This T-shirt, an It's About You exclusive Autographed Poster and the No Better Than This CD!

Step 1: Put "I want an It's About You prize pack" in your facebook status.
Step 2: Once you update your status with "I want an It's About Your prize pack" reply  -"No Better Than This" to the contest thread on John's facebook page.


Via lottery, winners will be selected by end of the day on Monday, June 18th, 2012 with the winners being announced on Tuesday, June 19th.

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06/04/2012 - John Mellencamp is captured on film by as he creates one of his most acclaimed records, No Better Than This. It's About Youís co-directors, famed photographer Kurt Marcus and his son Ian, travel along with John Mellencamp on his 2009 concert tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

Beyond the concerts and the travel in-between they also film the writing and recording of Mellencampís universally acclaimed 2010 album No Better Than This, the sessions for which took place at several American musical landmarks. We see Mellencamp at Sun Studio in Memphis, where Elvis Presley recorded his breakthrough classics, and recording (with a mono tape recorder more than half a century old) in the same San Antonio hotel room where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson created his seminal work.

The Markuses shoot in Super 8 to visually echo the authentic Americana that resonates in Mellencampís music. Along the way, the rocker reveals an emotional and contemplative side never before seen by the public, in a career-spanning film that becomes a soulful meditation on his beloved heartland.

It's About You, is available now for in Store on Bluray or DVD. After the jump you can see clips from the film, read the press release and learn more. Read More

06/04/2012 - Read Jill Connor's complete discussion with John after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "I donít paint for anybody..."

"I donít need to paint for anybody, you know, as long as I look at it and think I like it, then thatís good enough for me, because I have never really intended to sell anything..." Read More
05/27/2012 - Read D. Dominick Lombardi's complete Tennessee State Museum Nothing Like I Planned - The Art Of John Mellencamp review. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp paints powerful, impassioned, difficult and haunting imagery that will find its way deep into the mind of the viewer as it picks and prods memories, moods and impressions most would like to overlook..."

"Mellencamp maintains a truth that is undeterred, unique and stripped of any established views he deems to be weak or misplaced..." Read More
05/22/2012 - An Intimate Portrait of a modern music legend and the hartland america that bred and inspires him. John Mellencamp: It's About You The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Is Seen in Concert and Recording His Latest Album in the Revealing Film, Coming to MPI Blu-ray and DVD on June 5, 2012 Read More
05/21/2012 - Read Joe Nolan's Nashville Art Scene interview with John. Here are some excerpts: "I wrote-up Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp..."

"Had I simply made Mellencamp's images my own, marrying them to my personal experiences of his music? Or, had I looked into that final moment that exists between an empty canvas and a paint-loaded brush, shaking slightly in the hand of a chain-smoking rock 'n' roller who's made such a career out of defying expectations that he was now spending an evening being lauded as a maker of images and a spinner of stories, sans R.O.C. and K?

"Mellencamp: I have to paint. It makes life bearable. (Laughing) How's that? That's just what I thought, Mr. Mellencamp..." Read More
05/19/2012 - News Channel 5 Interviews Lois Riggins Ezell the executive director of the Tennessee State Museum. She discusses her longstanding elationship with John, and his current exhibit at the museum. Click HERE to watch the interview and view a tour of the exhibit. Read More
05/19/2012 - Read Adam Gold's discussion with John about his new museum exhibition. Here are some excerpts: "The themes of populism, social injustice, small-town struggle and fractured relationships that reappear in the singer-songwriter's sprawling discography are, not surprisingly, also spread across his canvases. "I write about the human condition, I paint about the human condition," he says"

"Everyone seems to like me better when I'm painting. I don't know why..." Read More
05/18/2012 - Read Chloe WymaI's insightful Q & A interview with John. Here are some excerpts: "spoke with Mellencamp about art, life, and the crucial importance of Marlon Brando..."

"A painting has to be beautiful. Even in its grotesqueness. That painting is grotesque but I think itís still beautiful. There are a lot of songs that are that way..."
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05/16/2012 - Mellencamp is captured as he creates one of his most acclaimed records, No Better Than This, by going back to the source of the sound he loves. The film includes live footage from his tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson from the same summer as the creation of the album. It's About You, comes to high-definition, audio-enhanced Blu-ray and DVD available now from MPI Home video via the Store. Click HERE to read the full MPI Press Release  You can also catch the film on Showtime in May & June. Click HERE for airtimes. Read More
05/15/2012 - Mellencamp is captured as he creates one of his most acclaimed records, No Better Than This, by going back to the source of the sound he loves. The film includes live footage from his tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson from the same summer as the creation of the album. It's About You, is available now for PRE ORDER on for a 30% discount. The Bluray/DVD will be released June 5th. Click HERE to read the MPI Press Release. Pre order now via the Store. Read More
05/03/2012 - The 2012 Induction Ceremony held April 14th, in Cleveland, OH premiered May 5th on HBO. Tune in to watch John's induction speech and his "Season of the Witch" duet with Donovan. Click HERE to view several trailers from the spectacular event and for air dates and times. Read More
05/02/2012 - blogger Bev Vincent recently attending a performance of the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Bev, a Stephen King expert, has written a lengthy piece about the project and the many unique characteristics it has. Read the full story after the jump. Read More
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