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10/01/2010 - On October 21, 2010, celebrities and musicians will come out to show their support for a very special evening billed as “A Celebration of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps,” at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, featuring performances by the campers themselves along with world-renowned performing artists. Read More
09/29/2010 - Recently, John filmed a public service announcement for World Homeless Day (10/10/2010) and sat down to talk with 1Matters’ Ken Leslie, on behalf of street papers worldwide. Click HERE to watch the PSA and read the interview.

1Matters has taken the video of John's interview and interspersed it with clips and lyrics from No Better Than This. The piece finds John talking about progress, his first experiences with racism, the unique recording of NBTT, and shares the best advice he was ever given by his grandfather.


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09/28/2010 - We have posted the entire No Better Than This album in the jukebox at the top right of Mellencamp.com's home page. Click the pop out player to listen to the album while browsing the site! Be sure to facebook/twitter/tell your friends that they can check the album out on John's site!

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The new album is getting widespread critical praise! We have dozens of reviews in the NEWS section of Mellencamp.com. Additionally, several articles have arrived that include interviews with John that help tell the story of the new album and the Fall Tour: Read More
09/27/2010 - In celebration of Farm Aid 25 this weekend in Milwaukee, Farm Aid has been posting some clips from the first concert. Here is John performing the then brand new "Rain On The Scarecrow" in Champaign, IL on September 22, 1985. After the jump we have a larger version of this video.
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09/23/2010 - Read No Depression's review of No Better Than This . Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp is an artist whose depth continues to impress and surprise..."

"What this record (and yes, it is available on vinyl) shows is that it’s not the recording, it’s what’s being recorded. The primitive sound serves to focus the listener’s ear on the artist’s lyrics and moods..."

"These songs capture a reflective time in Mellencamp’s life and the recordings serve to amplify his every thought..." Read More
09/22/2010 - Read Robert B. Ker's review of On The Rural Route 7609 . Here is an excerpt: "showcases Mellencamp’s strengths—his knack for lyrical detail and an empathy for the working class..."
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09/22/2010 - Today is the 25th Anniversary of the first Farm Aid. In celebration of the date Farm Aid president Carolyn Mugar wrote the following op-ed piece for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

On Sept. 22, 1985, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp came together to host the first Farm Aid concert in front of 78,000 farmers, fans and activists. They thought the event in Champaign, Ill., would be the first and only Farm Aid concert - that the overwhelming public outcry would spur public officials to act immediately to right the obvious inequities that were forcing thousands of farm families off their land and out of their homes.

None of us could have anticipated the movement that concert sparked in 1985, and 25 years later, I can proudly say that Farm Aid has not quit. We've not only kept family farmers on their land, we have created new farmers; helped farmers transition to... Read More
09/22/2010 - Rosanne was first up, presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting to Mellencamp. “Americana is the box they put you in when you take your art too seriously to fit in any other box,” she said. She described the honoree as “a quintessentially American artist” and as “the pride of Indiana.”

“A songwriter tries to write something that can become part of the fabric of the listener,” Mellencamp said. “This award shows that some people are still listening, and I appreciate that very much.” Performing solo with acoustic guitar, he sang “Save Some Time to Dream” from his new Rounder CD No Better Than This. Copies of the CD were handed out to all attendees upon entering.
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09/22/2010 - Read Janet Goodman's blog review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp has released his 26th album, which is arguably one of his most creative efforts to date. No Better Than This, on Rounder Records, peels back his brash, rock and roller veneer to reveal a mature Americana artist with a gritty folk singer core and Dylan/Guthrie honesty,.."

"the graceful evolution of an artist who stays true to himself, never selling out, setting a new artistic standard that makes this feel like an important album..." Read More
09/22/2010 - On September 22, 1985, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young organized the first Farm Aid concert to help family farmers stay on their land. Twenty-five years later, with the added support of Dave Matthews, who joined the Farm Aid board of directors in 2001, Farm Aid leaders say the organization is going strong.

Farm Aid put out a press release about the anniversary which you can read after the jump. Additionally they have several excellent items of note recapping the anniversary at www.farmaid.org/25

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09/21/2010 - Long time John Mellencamp tour manager Harry Sandler is submitting some visual "iPhone Postcards From The Road" documenting John's summer Bob Dylan tour. Our fifth image is from actually from 2009's tour with Bob Dylan. The picture finds John performing onstage in Washington, PA:


Click HERE for other Postcards.

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09/17/2010 - Farm Aid has announced their October 2nd concert will air live in HD on DirecTV's 101 Network! Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will headline the event, to be hosted by award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley, at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI. Recently announced acts including Kenny Chesney, Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Jeff Tweedy, Band of Horses, The BoDeans, Amos Lee, Robert Francis, Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real, The Blackwood Quartet and Randy Rogers Band will join the lineup. After the jump we have the complete Farm Aid press release: Read More
09/15/2010 - Read Tim Murrah's No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "This is not a party record. This is a simple record and a truthful record..."

"It’s simplicity is what rings so true. No gimmicks, no digitizing, no drum machines or effects. This is just a man and his music. This has blood and soul. This is what music was, before it was ruined and simply served up as background to marketing..."

"you will not hear another record that sounds like this one this year..."

"Get some wisdom and pointers. Give it a listen..." Read More
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