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01/03/2012 - Read Stephen Holden's full review of It's About You after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "The “you” in the film’s title is Kurt Markus, and his sporadic commentary has the oracular tone of a prose poem..."

"Because Kurt Markus’s Super 8 camera is the cinematic equivalent of a single microphone, the film’s look matches the scratchy quality of its ancient (by rock ’n’ roll standards) sound. The crudeness brings out the elemental quality of music that digs deeply into the soil of working-class American life in songs that express the defiance, despair and nobility of people who refuse to go down without a fight..."

"the songs on “No Better Than This” convey this wondrous sense of mystery..." Read More
01/03/2012 - Read Jim Farber's complete review on the Daily News website. Here is an excerpt: "We get to watch Mellencamp recording his “No Better Than This” album, a spirited, flip-of-the-bird to modernity, recorded in places like Sun Studios and a Baptist church in Savannah with one mike - in mono, no less. Read More
01/03/2012 - With John Mellencamp: It’s About You debuting theatrically this week, here’s an encore presentation of Dave Watson's interview with co-director Kurt Markus, originally posted last March when the music documentary had it world premiere at SXSW. The movie opens January 4 at the IFC Center in New York and January 6 at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Los Angeles.
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12/30/2011 - Read John J. Moser's complete list after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "The two best concerts I attended in 2011 had a lot in common.

Each featured a veteran rocker at the peak of his ability to connect to the audience, playing precisely the right songs and performing them precisely the right way. And at each show, the artist played with palpable passion.

It shouldn't be a surprise, then, that the two shows that were my favorite were so alike. They were by the same performer, John Mellencamp, in February at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and in November at Reading's Sovereign Performing Arts Center.

1. John Mellencamp Nov. 4, Sovereign Center for Performing Arts, Reading, and, Feb. 2 at Academy of Music, Philadelphia: More than almost any of his stylistic forebears, or contemporaries, Mellencamp has faced aging not with the sage understanding of a Bob Dylan or the sad searching of a Bruce Springsteen, but with the same defiance that has always marked his music. His shows were celebrations of that defiance — both were about two hours, with more than 20 songs each, including nearly all his hits. In Mellencamp's case, oh yeah, life goes on.
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12/29/2011 - Five lucky winners will receive an EXCLUSIVE John Mellencamp autographed film poster of John Mellencamp: It’s About You A Film By Kurt and Ian Markus! All you have to do is post to facebook. Complete details and the 2 easy steps after the jump! Read More
12/23/2011 - John Mellencamp, Stephen King and T Bone Burnett bring their collaborative chops to Atlanta for a major musical premiere in April

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County should provide plenty of chills and musical thrills when it makes its national debut at The Alliance Theatre under creative director Susan Booth. Read More
12/20/2011 - Amazon.com is repeating their Lightning Deal offering of John's 4 CD 2010 box set On The Rural Route TONIGHT / TUESDAY night at 7 pm ET. They offered it Thanksgiving weekend at a hugely discounted price and it sold out quickly. Here is how to access the deal, go to the Amazon.com home page. Look on the far right side for the graphic that says "TOP HOLIDAY DEALS", click that and then click the arrows to find the deal. For quicker access once you are on the deals page use the drop down box to select music. You must access the deal from the Lightning Deals page to get the price. It is not offered anywhere else on the site, including the box set's normal purchase page.

HERE is a link to the Lightning Deals page on Amazon where the box set deal will be offered. Read More
12/16/2011 - In crafting the new musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” author Stephen King and musician John Mellencamp set off down the twisted roads of the Southern Gothic and were led to Midtown’s own Alliance Theatre. Click "Read More" to read the full article. Read More
12/16/2011 - Group press conferences about artistic projects tend to be lovefests, so it’s no surprise that the Alliance Theatre’s Dec. 15 presser for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County served as a mutual admiration society. “How often do you get a chance to work with this kind of trifecta?” director Susan V. Booth asked of Ghost Brothers’ principal creators: book writer Stephen King, lyricist and composer John Mellencamp, and music director T Bone Burnett. "Ghost Brothers" could even describe their working relationship. Read More
12/15/2011 - They're a trifecta of sorts who say they're trying to make their mark on Atlanta. Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett are in Atlanta to work on a musical set to debut at the Alliance Theatre next year.

“Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” will premiere in April. The creators say it’s a they say it's a ghost story of sorts involving tragedy and mystery. Read More
12/01/2011 - Time Life and the Rock Hall have partnered together to issue rare and exclusive music culled from over a quarter-century of induction ceremony performances, available on iTunes. John's performances of "Small Town," "Pink Houses" and "Authority Song" during his induction on March 8, 2008 are part of Volume 10 2008-2009 available on iTunes for $9.99 or individual tracks may be purchased for 99 cents each.  In addition John's 1995 opening performance of "R.O.C.K in the USA" is part of Volume 3 for $11.99 and part of The Best Of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live for $14.99 with each track again available for 99 cents. A great Holiday present for all the music lovers in your life!

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11/22/2011 - Read David Lindquist's full Clowes Memorial Hall show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp has refined and improved what was already the best road show of his career..."

"Overall, the tour succeeds because it's something other than a long-running rocker trotting out his hits just as you've heard them dozens of times..."

"So let's say the 60-year-old Seymour native is hitting on all cylinders..." Read More
11/21/2011 - Read Wade Coggeshall's full show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "This tour has proven you can satisfy your creative urges and still keep your audience won over..."

"At 60, Mellencamp is one of those rare types who seems comfortable in his own skin. Recognizing the futility of chasing popular relevance, he’s doing things on his terms. Those of us who still care should be thankful for that..." Read More
11/17/2011 - Read Matt Wild's full show review after the jump. Here are some excerpts from the article. "Every performance was polished to a fine shine, but rarely seemed rote or perfunctory..."

"Still, the night’s main attraction was Mellencamp’s voice, which remains one of the best in rock. Age has only made it a stronger..." Read More
11/17/2011 - Read David Masciotra complete Mellencamp "tribute article" after the jump. Here is an excerpt from this great think piece. "Mellencamp’s presentation of the truth that he sees outside of his window always makes me feel good about myself, and I enjoy his music more with each passing year, largely because whenever I play a Mellencamp song, I almost never think about Mellencamp. I almost always think about me and I almost always think about my grandfather, Nick Bruich..." Read More
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