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12/30/2013 - Mellencamp’s Masterpieces - Champion of the heartland, Farm Aid founder, and accomplished Americana musician, John Mellencamp has been covertly pulling double-duty as a visual artist for more than 20 years. But with his first art museum exhibition at Youngstown, Ohio’s Butler Institute of American Art in progress, the spotlight is now shining brightly on 40 of his original oil paintings. Inspired largely by German artists Max Beckmann and Otto Dix, Mellencamp’s work is emotional and progressive, in keeping with his award-winning music. For Mellencamp, who began his painting career by training with the Art Students League in New York in the late 1980s, inspiration is ubiquitous, and his pieces range from the brazenly political to the intimately personal.

View the 11 selected paintings on Vanity Fair.com

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12/30/2013 - John will be delivering the game football for Duke (John's son Hud is on the Duke football team) during the pregame on New Years Eve at the Chick-fil-A Bowl game being held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA between Duke and Texas A&M. Watch the game on ESPN at 8pm ET. Read More
12/24/2013 - Read Kit O'Toole's review of John's boxed set 1978-2012 after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp’s early rebellious streak is alive and well,.."

"Over the last twenty years, Mellencamp has served as a living definition of the term “Renaissance man...”

"John Mellencamp 1978-2012 box set is a must-own for any Mellencamp fan. It provides a long overdue spotlight on his impressive work, and successfully argues why he has become a legendary figure in rock ‘n’ roll history..." Read More
12/20/2013 - Read Doug McClemont's discussion with John about his paintings on exhibit now at the Butler Institute of American Art until January 12th after the jump. Here are some excerpts: " the person who convinced Mellencamp to first consider showing the paintings was fellow music-icon-turned-professional-artist Bob Dylan, who cajoled his friend into taking the leap during a visit to Mellencamp’s Indiana home.,,"

"the conversation always turns back to the troubled environment and the woes of humanity such as racism and poverty..." Read More
12/13/2013 - Remember John's classic video Pink Houses? For your chance to win an autographed 1978-2012 Box Set all you have to do is: Watch the video, answer the questions (the correct answers are not required to qualify) and hit submit to be entered in the Watch and Win Sweepstakes. Click HERE for all the details! Read More
12/12/2013 - The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, took place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 6. To get the night started, fans were treated to a special performance by John. The event aired on FOX Sports 2 and NASCAR. Motor Racing Network (radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio also provided coverage. Read the press release on NASCAR.com

"R.O.C.K in the U.S.A" and "Pink Houses"
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12/09/2013 - Read Andy Greene's recent interview with John for RollingStone.com to get a peak at John's thoughts on recording his new album and his future touring plans! Read on after the jump. Read More
12/06/2013 - The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, will take place at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 6. To get the night started, fans will be treated to a special performance by John. Later in the evening country music star Dierks Bentley and singer Sara Bareilles will also perform. Comedian Jay Mohr will host this year's event. The event will air on FOX Sports 2 and NASCAR.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, with Motor Racing Network (radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio also providing coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET. The Awards will re-air on FOX Sports 1 at noon ET on Sunday, Dec. 8. Read the press release on NASCAR.com
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12/05/2013 - The end of the year double issue of Rolling Stone Magazine features a multi-page article about John. Entitled "John Mellencamp: My Life In 15 Songs," the article finds John reflecting back on his career by telling stories surrounding 15 notable songs from his catalog. The issue, dated Dec. 19 with Will Ferrell/Ron Burgundy on the cover, is hitting store shelves now! Read the entire article after the jump. Read More
12/03/2013 - John was recently interviewed about his paintings by Lilly Wei for Studio International. The interview took place at the opening of John's exhibit of 40 paintings at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, which runs from November 3, 2013 to January 12, 2014.

Be sure to visit Studio International's website to view the gallery of John's paintings that accompany the article. The complete article is available after the jump. Read More
12/01/2013 - John Mellencamp 1978 – 2012, a uniquely comprehensive boxed set collection covering the legendary singer/songwriter’s principal studio albums, will be released by Universal Music Enterprises on December 17. Pre-orders now at www.amazon.com ensure holiday delivery. The collection consists of a total of 19 CDs originally released over a recording career that spans 35 years.

Read the complete press release after the jump.



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11/19/2013 - In The Studio with Redbeard, a nationally syndicated radio program, celebrates Uh-Huh as part of their series "The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands." The special which includes music from the album along with a 1983 interview from the time of the albums release, will be airing on radio stations nationwide beginning this week (find your local station) or you can stream the interview portion of the program online HERE, it includes a rare live acoustic version of "Pink Houses". Read More
11/13/2013 - Longtime guitarist Mike Wanchic tells Brian Ives of Radio.com, "Mellencamp began wrestling creative control from record labels and managers on American Fool. Read the entire interview after the jump. Here are some excerpts: “That was the band, that was the sound, that was what took us to the heights that we reached. That was the core sound that we followed all the way through the ’90s: guitar, bass, drums. We’ve always been a guitar-driven band...”

“When we put together a show today, we try to project not only who we were, but who we are now. We’re still relevant, we’re still making records, we’re not a band who is purely living on their legacy...” Read More
11/08/2013 - Read Jeff Giles of Ultimate Classic Rock , exclusive conversation with Mellencamp bandleader Mike Wanchic. Here are some excerpts: "an album that cemented his rock-star status while flashing the fierce populist streak that would come to define his music..."

“When we had success with ‘American Fool,’ it was just validation that we weren’t crazy,” says Wanchic. “We were actually doing what we set out to do — we were finally the best we could be..."

"What we ended up with was something we felt was a very clean, clear representation of who we are — which is, in my opinion, the only way you can really sustain a long career...”

"Fortunately for Wanchic and the other members of Mellencamp’s band, they had a boss that — in Wanchic’s words — “bends to no one...” Read More
11/06/2013 - Legendary recording artist John Mellencamp, has added his voice to a campaign launched by VeteransMatter.org to find permanent housing for homeless military veterans and their families. Public service announcements will air on radio stations in 110 markets across the United States from Nov. 1 through Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.

You can help say “Welcome Home” to veterans in need by taking action at VeteransMatter.org today. Visit www.VeteransMatter.org/broadcast to access PSAs, videos and images from the campaign and the other artists involved that can be used for your radio, television, podcasts, and social media. Please read the complete Press Release after the jump.


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