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10/09/2008 -
I'm a little weary of Jack and Diane but I can't hate them too much.
By SIMON COSYNS
Life Death Love And Freedom
**** 1/2

I’d always put John Mellencamp down as a nearly man, nearly in the same bracket as Bruce Springsteen but not quite.

He’d shifted truckloads of albums in the Eighties. His Jack And Diane were the most celebrated couple in song.

He could sell out vast arenas, write an endless stream of multi-platinum albums ... but something was missing.

We’d seen Johnny Cougar the pop star but perhaps we hadn’t always seen the real John Mellencamp, the uncompromising, searingly honest artist he is today.

His new album Life Death Love And Freedom is, without question, the most compelling work of his 30-year career. It stares life’s big issues in the eye, unflinching and sincere. It rails against injustices and greed in the United States with unerring ferocity. It confronts the passing years and the prospect of death Read More
10/08/2008 - Earlier this week John taped a performance in London for the “Later…with Jules Holland” BBC-TV program. John's performance will air on the Friday episode, Oct 10th. Read More
10/08/2008 -
Q Magazine
By Anthony Barnes

US star John Mellencamp today landed the prestigious title of Classic Songwriter at the 2008 Q Awards with Russian Standard Vodka.

The artist formerly known as Johnny Cougar – who celebrates his 57th birthday tomorrow (Tuesday) – is best known for his top 30 hit Jack And Diane and has scored a string of US hits over a 30-year period. They include the huge single Hurts So Good.

Collecting his award, Mellencamp told guests: “I wrote that song 30 years ago that Jack and Diane song and people are still playing it. The whole thing about being a songwriter is to show some humility when you are writing a song you want something that goes into people’s hearts … I’m still hoping to write that song.”

Last year the title was won by Billy Bragg.

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10/08/2008 - John Mellencamp's next tour is Australia and New Zealand in November. Stay tuned for future touring updates! Read More
10/07/2008 - Today is John Mellencamp’s birthday! The singer turns 57 and he explained to us that as great as surviving is, there is more he wants to do.

 “I understand that surviving is a noble cause and I think that’s ok and that’s fine for guys who want to do that, but if I’m gonna do something, it’s not so much getting my message or my thoughts out, it’s just trying to get people to feel good about themselves and come to the conclusion that I’ve come to is that if you want a better world it starts with you.”

John will be spreading his word Down Under next month. The singer kicks off a tour of Australia and New Zealand on November 15th. Read More
10/06/2008 - John Mellencamp
Life Death Love And Freedom
3 stars
By Paul Ree’s

Among a crop of like minded American singer-songwriters to have emerged in the ‘70’s (Springsteen, Tom Petty, Warren Zevon), John Mellencamp is the forgotten man over here, and unfairly so. Life Death Love And Freedom (punctuation is for wimps, apparently) won’t return him to the US chart-topping status he once enjoyed, but it’s his best work since 1993’s Human Wheels. Like that album it’s a folksy, melancholy affair, producer T-Bone Burnett bringing the same intimate feel he gave to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s Raising Sand. AS the title implies, it talks the big issues, sometimes at the expense of melody, but there’s a handful of very fine songs here.

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10/06/2008 - Be sure to visit the PAINTINGS section to see the new paintings just posted in the RECENT PAINTINGS gallery. Read More
10/06/2008 - John Mellencamp was awarded Q Magazine’s prestigious “Classic Songwriter” title at today’s star-studded 2008 Q Awards with Russian Standard Vodka presentation at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

The award was presented personally by Q editor Paul Rees.

Best known in the U.K. for “Jack and Diane,” Mellencamp said in his acceptance speech, “I wrote that song 30 years ago--that ‘Jack and Diane song’--and people are still playing it. The whole thing about being a songwriter is to show some humility when you are writing a song--you want something that goes into people’s hearts…I’m still hoping to write that song!”

The title places Mellencamp in celebrated company. Billy Bragg won it last year, and previous winners include Elton John and Noel Gallagher of Oasis. Additionally, Mellencamp was in a group of other Q Award winners including Coldplay (Best Act in the World), Grace Jones (Q Legend), Adam Ant (Q Icon) and Glen Campbell (Q Legend).

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10/05/2008 -
John Mellencamp
Life Death Love And Freedom
Hear Music
4 Stars
By Adam Sweeting

Springsteen school graduate excels with scary country sound

This bracingly raw set of fables finds the Indiana balladeer digging deeper into the country-blues roots he finds increasingly fascinating, so potently that it's like time-traveling back to the depression and Roosevelt's New Deal. Mellencamp uses traditional forms and mostly acoustic instruments, but his messages are contemporary. ("Foundation is crumbling, the inner structure's gone"), and his songs about death and doubt carry a chilling ring of authenticity. In "Longest Days", he's written one of the most harrowing songs about age and disillusion you'll ever hear. Bleak but brilliant. Read More
10/05/2008 -
John Mellencamp
4 Stars
Life, Death, Love And Freedom
Universal

Proper Indianan Hoosier Mellencamp shows his darker and fiery roots.

Several major health problems, four marriages and 23 albums, Mellencamp might actually win major original artist status by the time he's 60 (in three year's time). Last year he was still heartland-rocky enough to sell a track for a Chevy TV ad, but only the Undertakers of America will see synergy in this one. Amid producer T Bone Burnett's open prairie sound and aptly distorted guitar moods, Mellencamp croaks a sequence of raw, all but nihilistic yet far from self-pitying first person tales about well, death mainly, leavened by the odd rather forlorn reference to the life, love, and freedom elements of the title. As one of his grimly ancient narrators opines in Don't Need This Body, "This getting older/Ain't for cowards.", Rock 'n' Roll truth spans the generations. Has to. Comes with a free DVD versio Read More
10/02/2008 - John Mellencamp will be the featured entertainer Friday night in Washington, D.C. at the annual YouthAIDS benefit, to be held at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner grand ballroom. The event, which is dubbed “The Power of Music,” will honor Annie Lennox and MTV CEO Judy McGrath, and will be hosted by Ashley Judd with Sharon Osbourne acting as M.C.

A D.C.-based education/prevention program, YouthAIDS uses media, pop culture, music, theatre and sports to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and reach 600 million young people in more than 60 countries with life-saving messages, products, services and care. Its annual fundraiser has been named one of the city’s Top 100 Events.

“Many people in the 60 countries where we operate are illiterate or of low-literacy,” said deputy director Marshall Stowell. “We bring in DJs and street music and dance to educate them on the HIV risk and direct them to clinics.”

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10/01/2008 - Mellencamp.com was updated today with revised and updated DISCOGRAPHY, PAINTINGS, PHOTO and VIDEO sections! In Discography you can click on the album covers on the album detail page to view a larger version. Read More
09/30/2008 - HDNet has scheduled repeat showings of “John Mellencamp Live at Walter Reed,” the landmark April 28, 2007 concert from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. that was originally shown live on the channel. The full concert will run again on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 9:40 p.m. (Eastern), and will be offered also on Oct. 6 and Oct. 12.

Also on Oct. 6, HDNet will re-run “The Plain Truth – Dan Rather with John Mellencamp,” which originally ran on July 4, 2007 following a re-run of the Walter Reed concert. Taped in his recording studio in Bloomington, the program features Mellencamp’s discussion with Rather concerning the concert as well as his music career.

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09/28/2008 - John Mellencamp’s musical heroes notwithstanding, no one had a bigger impact on him than the late Paul Newman.

“In 1967, me and four other guys went to see ‘Cool Hand Luke’ every night for seven nights straight,” recalled Mellencamp, who was a high school sophomore when he and his pals “stumbled on” Newman’s classic prison drama film at Seymour’s Vondee Theater. “It was winter and we wanted to get out of the house on a Monday night—and we came back Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We saved up our lunch money so we could go and by the end of the week we could recite every line!”

This, of course, was at a time of historic musical creativity.

“There was so much great music to be discovered,” Mellencamp continued. “Remember, there was Dylan, the Stones, the importance of James Brown. But for some reason on that week Paul Newman made the biggest influence on me, probably bigger than Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and James Brown--just by the nature of that characte Read More
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