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10/08/2013 - The exhibition The Paintings of John Mellencamp, which opens at the Butler Institute of American Art on November 3, 2013 will feature some 40 oil paintings (some never before seen by the public), and is the artist’s first art museum exhibition. The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, presented Mellencamp’s first major museum exhibition last year.

Read the complete press release and see a few sample paintings after the jump. Read More
10/07/2013 - Read David Lindquist's complete interview with John discussing the opening of the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County play after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "“In today’s world, things have to fit in a little box,” Mellencamp said. “And if it doesn’t fit in that box, people ask ‘What are they doing?’ You can’t pigeonhole (‘Ghost Brothers’). You just to have to see it. If you like it, great.”

"For me, it’s already a success,” Mellencamp said. “If there’s one friend I’ve made in the entertainment business, it’s Steve King. We have not had a cross word or any major disagreement in 20 years.” Read More
10/07/2013 - Every now and then, an event comes to town, a privilege beyond what we normally see. Such is the case this week, as the IU Auditorium hosts the first stop on the national tour of the new musical, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” Part of this privilege, I suspect, stems from the fact that the music comes from our hometown boy, John Mellencamp, himself, who worked with T Bone Burnett, who produced the soundtrack. Read More
10/04/2013 - John Mellencamp is returning to Ryman Auditorium this month, but instead of taking the stage, he’ll take a seat.

Mellencamp recently called The Tennessean to talk about the making of a “Southern Gothic supernatural musical of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge.” Read the complete interview after the jump. Read More
10/04/2013 - Read Billboard Magazine's complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts from John's introduction of Pete Seeger: "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013.."

"That song," he explained, "was inspired by people who had come before me, that were trying to make a difference with music..."

"I'm so humbled," he continued, "to bring out the guy who really made that song what it is… Ladies and gentlemen, Pete Seeger!" Read More
10/04/2013 - Read Wayne Blesoe's of the Knoxville News Ghost Brothers Interview. Here is a excerpt: “It think the biggest misconception about ‘Ghost Brothers’ is the biggest misconception about entertainment. People assume your goal is to go the Broadway. People assume your goal is to have a hit record. It doesn’t always have to be your go..." Read More
10/02/2013 - “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” John Mellencamp’s theater/music collaboration with Stephen King, is coming to Minneapolis on Halloween at the State Theatre. Meanwhile, the rocker is working on his paintings and re-watching one of his favorite movies, 1942’s “Tortilla Flat.”

Says Mellencamp: “Starring Spencer Tracy and John Garfield, written by John Steinbeck. I love Steinbeck. It’s a movie about possessions and how useless they are. As a matter of fact, my girlfriend [Meg Ryan] said: ‘Do we gotta watch it again?’ It’s kind of an unknown Steinbeck movie. It’s great.” Read More

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09/25/2013 - Surprise guest Pete Seeger performs "This Land is Your Land" with Farm Aid board artists John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young live at the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013. Check out the videos of John's complete set after the jump.

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09/22/2013 - Read Andy Greene's complete review of Farm Aid 2013. "Farm Aid has continued to thrive and grow. It's partially due to the passion of Nelson and his fellow board members..." Read More
09/21/2013 - Read David Burke's complete telephone interview with John after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "We're just starting out in a grassroots way, the same way I started out or (Bob) Dylan started out. We're just doing it in an old-fashioned way..," Read More
09/10/2013 - AEG Live is pleased to announce the touring cast for the southern gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, libretto by Stephen King, with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp and musical direction by T Bone Burnett.

The show stars actor Bruce Greenwood as the father Joe McCandless. Greenwood, is perhaps best known for his roles as JFK in the film Thirteen Days, Flight and Captain Christopher Pike in the 2009 Star Trek film and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. Also starring is Emily Skinner as Joe’s wife, Monique. Skinner is a well-known stage actress who received a Tony Award nomination for Side Show, and has had leading roles on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde, James Joyce’s The Dead, The Full Monty and Billy Elliot. Read the complete list of cast members after the jump. Read More
09/09/2013 - Its that time of year again! A big thank you goes out to John for taking the time and autographing a bunch of items for us!

Begins Sept 9th at 10AM with bidding ending on Sept 12th at 4PM ET giving us 4 days of bidding.

A huge thank you goes out to all of the fans, that donate items, and bid on these great items. We could not accomplish this without YOU. John and the staff at Farm Aid are always amazed how the Mellencamp fans pull together to help support the family farmer year after year!

All funds we raise including anyone that would like to donate will be credited to "The members of Community. Head to the COMMUNITY BOARD to view all of the items up for bid. Read More
07/19/2013 - Due to popular demand, a second show has been added in Bloomington IN at the Indiana University Auditorium for the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Fall 2013 tour!

The newly announced show will take place on October 23. The tour begins at the IU Auditorium on October 10. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. Read the press release with tickets details on our Ghost Brothers Mini Site Read More

07/15/2013 - Andrew Sullivan of The Dish blog summarizes a recent blog written about John: John Mellencamp is not a Republican. He is a self-avowed liberal—but his is a community-based leftism that distrusts bureaucracy and hates paternalism, yet believes in social assistance for the poor, sick, and hungry, the widows and orphans that the Bible identifies. Mellencamp inhabits common ground with libertarians on social issues, and he is a consistent opponent of war and foreign intervention, but he does not believe that an unfettered free market will solve every social problem. Read More
07/03/2013 - Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — Farm Aid announced today that the organization has sold all of the available tickets for Farm Aid 2013, the family farm benefit festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

“We are honored that upstate New York has embraced Farm Aid in this way,” said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “Your enthusiasm is a clear sign that people here and across the Northeast value family farmers and the work they do to grow strong and healthy communities for all of us.” Read More

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