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10/04/2010 -

Farm Aid 25 took place on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at Miller Park in Milwaukee WI. John performed a powerful set and was joined on the bill by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and a dozen other artists. After the jump we have a collection of the video, photo, and press coverage of the event. Here are some highlights:

Of John's set USA Today said: "No set, start to finish, was better at Farm Aid." RollingStone.com reported: "Earlier in the day, at a press conference held at Miller Park's adjacent little league field, Mellencamp said, not for the first time, that Nelson should be honored with a Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless devotion to American farmers. After all, Farm Aid is the longest-running musical cause ever. Willie, standing to Mellencamp's right, responded, "How 'bout the No Bull prize?""
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10/04/2010 - While at Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee John was interviewed by DJ Dallas Wayne of Willie Nelson's Sirius XM satellite radio channel Willie's Place. After the jump we have a clip of the interview where John talks about his desire for Willie to get the Nobel Peace Prize as well as the complete interview. Read More
10/01/2010 - Here is the video for the title track from John's No Better Than This album. The video was filmed and directed by Ian and Kurt Markus and culled from their Summer 2009 footage. The video serves as a preview of the documentary It's About You which was filmed during the making of the album and John's tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. After the jump we have a larger version of the video.


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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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