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09/10/2008 - John Mellencamp provided the after-dinner performance for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center’s First Annual Notes of Hope Benefit Dinner, which took place last night at the cavernous Cipriani Wall Street in the heart of Lower Manhattan’s financial district, only blocks away from Ground Zero.


9-10-08 Notes For Hope Dinner, New York City, NY
Photo By Ronald L. Glassman


In marked contrast to the well-dressed, well-heeled attendees—including an ex-mayor and ex-governor and hundreds of high society Wall Street types and politicos—Mellencamp wore a simple black shirt with tails overlapping jeans atop engineer’s boots Read More
09/08/2008 - Do yourself a favor. Don’t google-alert John Mellencamp.

You’ll save yourself countless daily interruptions, most of which involve links to various versions of the same thing (current example: multiple pick-ups of the “Times They Are A-Changin’” video story, which made news everywhere from Rolling Stone to Undercover.com in Australia).

That said, every now and then something interesting does turn up—like the exploits of an Indiana Hoosier soccer star whose name, incredibly, is also John Mellencamp (his nephew!).

Then last week I get a link to a site called Republican Operative, which, you can be sure, I’ve never before visited or sought. What caught my eye was a feature entitled “Top 50 Conservative Rock Songs.” Turns out one of the site’s “special operatives” had just happened on a 2006 piece from the conservative magazine National Review’s online version and wanted to draw attention to it.

The reason for the Mellencamp alert? His “Small Town” made the Top 50! The Read More
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