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01/18/2013 - The title to this piece from the National Catholic Reporter is from John Mellencamp's "Peaceful World," a song he wrote and recorded more than a decade ago. It became something of a song of comfort after the 9/11 attacks, when it was performed at the Concert for New York City. Click "Read More" to read the entire article along with the official Peaceful World video. Read More
01/07/2013 - Prince Edward Island "The Guardian" highlighted it's top entertainment of 2012. John's solo performance of Jack and Diane (accompanied by the whole crowd) at the Credit Union Place, in Summerside made one of the top picks. Click "Read More" to check out the entire list. Read More
01/03/2013 - Indianapolis Star music writer David Lindquist has compiled a list of 25 top Hoosier musicians of all time. His definition of "Hoosier" in this context is someone who help shape the cultural identity of Indiana or someone whose identity was shaped by the state. John, quite predictably, finished in the top tier with such notables as Michael Jackson who is from Gary, Broadway legend Cole Porter, jazz groundbreaker Wes Montgomery and bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe. Among rockers, John reigns supreme on this list that we thought would be of interest. Click "Read More" for the full article. Read More
12/19/2012 - This weeks episode of the nationally syndicated radio show "In The Studio with Redbeard" is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the release of John's 1987 album The Lonesome Jubilee. The program features interviews John did with Redbeard back in that era along with tracks from the studio album and a few very rare live performances!

You can listen to John's episode HERE  or visit their STATION LIST to find your local station and air date/time. Read More
11/14/2012 - Hear Music/Concord Music Group is proud to release the all-star recording of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration features original music and lyrics plus key dialog excerpts performed by a stellar cast of guest artists including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan. Click "Read More" for the complete press release. Read More
11/13/2012 - Andy Greene of Rolling Stone magazine sat down with John, Stephen King and T Bone Burnett during a recent table reading in New York to discuss the completion and release of the CD/DVD of Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County expected in stores in 2013 In addition to the interview is streaming the track "It's Me" off the release sung by Elvis Costello.

Here are some excerpts: "It was Steve's job to tell the story," says Mellencamp. "It was my job to develop the characters through songs. That's different than most musicals..."

"On a creative level we were always in harmony," says King. "We have the same kinds of interests, same background, small town, regular people kind of thing. Also, the more I worked with him the more amazed I was by his level of talent..." Click "Read More" to read the interview, see the track listings and artists on the soundtrack. Read More
11/07/2012 - Now that the election campaign is behind us, let's look forward to a new era of cooperation and put our partisan differences aside.

As John has often said, "if you want change, it begins with you..." and working together is the way to get things done.

"Our Country" - Written by John Mellencamp
Well I can stand beside
Ideals I think are right
And I can stand beside
The idea to stand and fight
I do believe
Thereís a dream for everyone
This is our country

Thereís room enough here
For science to live
And thereís room enough here
For religion to forgive
And try to understand
All the people of this land
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

That poverty could be
Just another ugly thing
And bigotry would be
Seen only as obscene
And the ones that run this land
Help the poor and common man
This is our country
From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

The dream is still alive
Some day it will come true
And this country it belongs
To folks like me and you
So let the voice of freedom
Sing out through this land
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country
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11/07/2012 - In the ten days since John posted his thoughts about Internet Piracy on Huffington Post it has generated approximately 1000 comments plus hundreds more on Facebook as well as related blog reports and commentaries. We're posting a piece that reinforces John's position here that came in response to a piece in The New Republic that was critical and dismissive of Johnís view.

The New Republic took John to task for many points he made while The Trichordist expounded on John's point of view and, later, provided more insight in a second article.

It was Johnís hope that his piece would further discussion and reflection from lawmakers, the music industry, consumers at large and advertisers about what role they play in the damage inflicted by piracy on the those who hope to earn a livelihood in music.

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11/07/2012 - Chris Castle, writing on the MusicTechPolicy blog, chimes in about the detractors who have criticized John's internet piracy piece and offers some insights into their possible motives. The points he makes about national advertisers supporting search engines and sites that offer pirated material underscores John's thoughts in a very thoughtful and detailed way. After the jump read the complete article. Read More
11/03/2012 - Vice President Joe Biden, joined by his wife, Jill, will hold election-eve rally on Monday in Richmond Virginia at the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.

John Mellencamp will perform at the Richmond get-out-the-vote rally and Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., and U.S. Senate candidate Timothy M. Kaine also will attend.

The American Civil War Center and the Richmond National Battlefield Park/National Park Service will close at 3 p.m. Monday in preparation for the event.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the rally, which is free to the public. Tickets will be distributed starting at noon Saturday at the Obama campaign office at 408 E. Main St. in Richmond. Read More
11/02/2012 - John will perform on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at a grassroots rally in Dubuque Iowa. President Obama will speak and actress Kate Walsh will deliver remarks. The event will be part of an all day, four state campaign effort leading up to Tuesday's election. The complete press release about the day long events is available by clicking "Read More" below.

Where: Washington Park 700 Locust Street Dubuque, IA 52001
Doors Open: 2:00 PM CDT
Event Time: 5:30 PM CDT (approximate time) Read More
10/25/2012 - John has been thinking about the plight of emerging artists in light of the diminishment of intellectual property rights in the digital age. Recently, he expressed himself on this issue and offered a very plausible solution in a piece that is running on the Huffington Post

"I love music. I love all kinds of music... old music, new music, country music, jazz, and popular music. I care about the future of music and about the well being of those individuals who will be making it in the future. Music has been my passion my entire life and I have been fortunate to never have worked a "straight" job because of it. I am one lucky guy to be able to pursue what I love and to have gotten paid for it. Who could complain?

I've been doing this a long time and I'm confounded by the apathy of those who have participated in music-related successes and are now witnessing the demise of the entertainment business as it has existed since the beginning of recorded sound and moving pictures. So here I plan to ask some questions and my hope is offer a solution to the problem..." Read More

10/14/2012 - Sunday's Washington Post included a preview article about the Woody Guthrie Celebration. They spoke to several artists about Woody's influence on them. Here is part of the article, the complete article is available through the READ MORE link.

On Sunday night at the Kennedy Center, a group of legendary folk and rock artists will convene to pay tribute to the man who laid the foundation for them: Woody Guthrie. Here John remembers Woody:

"My parents back in the í50s had a couple Woody Guthrie records. They were young parents, so they were kids having kids.

You know, the music was always important, but what I really enjoyed about Guthrie as well as the music was the way he conducted his life. He wasnít afraid to stand up to people, he wasnít afraid to be unpopular, he wasnít afraid to speak his mind, he wasnít afraid to go against the grain.

To put it mildly, Woody suffered the full catastrophe of life. He was I guess what the common person would call a free spirit. But I would call it inspiration. The more I learned about him, the more I thought: These are the footsteps that I want to travel under. I donít want to be part of anything. Iím with me. . . .

I just think that itís funny ó and I think itís very American ó that we would be honoring Guthrie here, particularly since in his lifetime he operated so far outside of the law and society. But time has rewritten his legacy, and thank God it did. Read the entire article along with contributions from other artists after the jump. Read More
10/02/2012 - John and Carolyn Mugar the executive director of Farm Aid sit down for a in-depth discussion about family farming and food regulations during this year's Farm Aid 2012 concert at Hershey Park Stadium show.

You can also catch two songs from John's performance that evening "The West End and "Check It Out live HERE. After the jump we have a larger version of the Farm Aid discussion with John and Carolyn video.

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