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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 Mellencamp.com 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 Amazon.com 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 Mellencamp.com 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 - Fearnet.com 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
04/26/2012 - Read Joe Nolan's Nothing Like I Planned The Art Of John Mellencamp at the Tennessee State Museum complete review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "But the painted portraits and narrative canvases of John Mellencamp ó currently on display in the exhibit Nothing Like I Planned at the Tennessee State Museum, are different. Besides being quite accomplished, they seem intimately connected to the snapshot imagery of his story-song lyrics..." Read More
04/24/2012 - John is headlining the Ottawa Blues Fest in Ottawa, ON, on July 12, 2012. Mellencamp.com registered members will have the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets for the Ottawa show on Wednesday, April 25th at 12 PM, ET, through Friday, April 27th. Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 28th at 10 AM, ET

Visit the TOUR section for complete show details, pre-sale times and ticket prices. Click the small blue information icon for show-specific information. Click HERE to learn more about how our free pre-sales work. There will be no premium ticket packages for this show. Read More
04/24/2012 - The paintings of John Mellencamp are featured in his first museum exhibition, Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp, open now running through  June 10, 2012 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. The exhibition offers 52 paintings, spanning four decades of efforts including numerous pieces that have never been exhibited previously. The showing is free to the public. Click HERE to purchase the newly released catalog from the exhibit. Read the reviews below.
04/23/2012 - John inducted Donovan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week. He also wrote insightful liner notes for the just release "Essential Donovan" collection that chronicles his earliest encounter with Donovan's music and its lasting influence on him. After the jump we have the complete text. Read More
04/16/2012 - Read M. Kelley's full review and view several paintings of John's exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "John Mellencampís Nothing Like I Planned, featured at the Tennessee State Museum through June, seems to voice and then blend two distinct personalities through paint: massive social commentary works that pop with notation, symbolism, and narrative, in counterpoint with the more reserved but no less expressive hand behind his intimate and obsessive portraiture series..." Read More
04/16/2012 - Read Dr. Wilson Trivino's full review after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencampís sounds serve as homage to the rockabilly Johnny Cash with a spin of good rock and roll flair..." We also have a video posted on the blog with brief interviews with John and Stephen along with a few seconds of the closing bows onstage where John came out. Read More
04/16/2012 - John Mellencamp took to the stage of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame last night to induct one of his musical heroes, Donovan.

Mellencamp shared amusing anecdotes relating to how he felt he took Donovanís influence upon his music a little too liberally, while also regaling the audience of having toured with the musician for 40 shows together in 2005. After the jump we have the complete text of John's induction speech, a short RollingStone.com video with excepts from John's appearance, and a fan video of his "Season of the Witch" performance with Donovan. Read More

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