03/24/2008 - John recently filmed a series of short features for an HDNet weekly segment entitled "Mellencamp: Thoughts Shared." The roughly three minute long segments, which also features brief original musical performances, run in random rotation at the end of HDNet's news and music programming, near the end of the hour and typically on Tuesday and Sunday nights.
Taped in John's home art studio in Bloomington, IN, the series finds JM speaking frankly about subjects ranging from farm policy, the voting process, the war in Iraq, racism, and other issues of concern in an informal setting. Each video in this series is unique and thought provoking. Below is an episode in the series entitled "Farm Aid."
03/15/2008 - John Mellencamp was toasted by his family, friends, and his peers upon his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Monday night.
The evening was a significant one for Mellencamp and fans, alike, with many news articles commenting that he was truly the class act of the evening’s festivities with his heartfelt speech and rousing performance!
03/12/2008 - The following is a fan transcription of Billy Joel’s induction speech and John’s thank you speech from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction on March 10, 2008 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Read More
03/12/2008 - Boston Globe writer Sarah Rodman says that “The night's undisputed highlight was the Mellencamp induction, which combined surprising presenter Billy Joel - whose speech was both funny and heartfelt - an eloquent inductee, and a flawless performance of classic rock songs "Pink Houses," "The Authority Song," and an acoustic version of "Small Town"” in her review of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame broadcast.
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03/11/2008 - John Mellencamp made a self-effacing entry into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame Monday night, devoting much of his induction speech to detailing
his treatment for spina bifida as an infant before relating the familiar story
of becoming a music star on his own terms. Read More
03/11/2008 - Heartland hitmaker John Mellencamp, with his son Speck playing guitar and his
parents watching from a balcony above the Waldorf Astoria Hotel ballroom, joined
the rock-kicking with a rumbling version of "Authority Song." Read More
03/10/2008 - John Mellencamp likely will spend more time onstage during tonight's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony than fellow inductees Madonna, Leonard Cohen, the Dave Clark Five and the Ventures. Read More
03/09/2008 - When Seymour native and Bloomington resident John Mellencamp is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday night in a glittering New York City ceremony, he’ll enter in a diverse class of performers including Madonna, the Dave Clark Five, the Ventures and Leonard Cohen. Read More