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11/11/2008 - Elmore, November/December 2008

Life Death Love and Freedom
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If you’re musically aware enough to be reading this magazine, then you don’t need an introductory bio on John Mellencamp, but what may come in handy before listening to Mellencamp’s latest release, Life Death Love and Freedom, is an explanation of where he is coming from in releasing such an incredibly deep and personal CD. Mellencamp has always provided beautifully descriptive insights into everyday life and the heart of rural America. Now he is applying that same depth to his personal world, which (especially for those of us not too far behind him in age) can leave you with a foreboding feeling of doom, unless you listen to it carefully enough to hear the glimmers of hope that lie beneath the seemingly relentless tales of misery.

With lyrics like “sometimes you get sick and you don’t get better” from the opener “Longest Days,” it is vividly clear that you won Read More
11/11/2008 - Radio Format: Triple A
John Mellencamp - Troubled Land (3:23)
Producer: T Bone Burnett
Writer: J. Mellencamp
Publisher: not listed
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At this point, John Mellencamp has nothin’ to prove. With his induction in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year alongside a Grammy Award and 12 other nods, counting hits is beside the point. Previous single “My Sweet Love,” featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, from current folk rock album “Life, Death, Love and Freedom,” was a triumph at triple A. Follow-up “Troubled Land” is signature Mellencamp fare-that means a laid-back vocal and smart lyrics: “Stand up and holler, lay down and die/We can turn up our collars and never try/Just know the truth is coming, to bring peace to this troubled land.” Producer T Bone Burnett conjures an organic landscape, fostering ideal fare for all who connect with music beyond the surface. Mellencamp again stakes his claim as t Read More
11/09/2008 - Paul Mendenhall, of Bloomington/Indianapolis' 92.3 WTTS radio, recently sat for an in-depth interview with John Mellencamp, discussing JM's early years, the current state of music, John's art, and all-things Mellencamp. Hear the interview all week (Nov. 10-14) on the WTTS Morning Show. WTTS will air new segments each morning at 7 and 8 AM, then make them available On-Demand. Read More
11/09/2008 - John Mellencamp undertakes his first full-fledged concert tour, outside North America since 1992, this week when he and his band fly to Australia for a month-long stay.

His first show is Nov. 15th in Caversham, just outside of Perth and followed by eight shows through Dec. 7th, including stops in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne in Australia as well as three shows in New Zealand. The tour features visits to large outdoor amphitheaters and indoor arenas.

Australia has played a pivotal role in Mellencamp's career, as "I Need a Lover" became a hit for him Down Under in 1978 --thereby generating much-needed career momentum for him at home in the USA. He has gone on to earn multiple gold and platinum albums in Australia.

The upcoming Aussie shows are Mellencamp's first concerts there since May of 1992. Read More
11/08/2008 - John Mellencamp, who did a lot of serious work on behalf of Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign, was linked with the President-elect in a humorous vein by David Letterman on Friday's installment of "Late Night."

During his "Fun Facts" segment, Letterman related that for the first years of his political career, Obama went by the name "Barack Cougar Obamacamp." Read More
11/08/2008 - John Mellencamp's appearance on Elvis Costello's Sundance Channel series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." will be aired on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 9 PM.

Taped at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater in September, the program features Mellencamp, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Norah Jones, together with Costello, exchanging songs and stories in the nature of a Nashville "guitar pull." It is one of 13 one-hour episodes in the Costello-hosted series, which launches Dec. 3rd with Sir Elton John as Costello's sole guest. Other artists featured on the series include The Police, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed and Diana Krall. Read More
11/07/2008 - John Mellencamp is the featured guest on National Public Radio’s “World Cafe” on Tuesday, Nov. 11th. The show will include an interview and song performances including “Small Town” and “Longest Days.”

Produced in Philadelphia, by the University of Pennsylvania’s public radio service WXPN, and distributed nationally by National Public Radio (NPR), “World Cafe” can be heard on nearly 200 local stations nationwide. Fans can find their local station by clicking HERE and choosing their state under the “Find a Program Broadcast Time” heading. Online listening is available via the WXPN/Philadelphia Web stream by clicking HERE.

Additionally, the audio will be archived on NPR’s “World Cafe” Read More
11/05/2008 - A deeply moved John Mellencamp spoke this morning about the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.

“This for me is something I never thought I would see in my life,” said Mellencamp, echoing a feeling common to millions of Americans black and white and all colors in-between—especially those who came of age in the 1960s.

“I remember the assassination of Martin Luther King and the marches in Selma, Alabama, and seeing Rosa Parks, demonstrators getting sprayed by fire hoses and attacked by police dogs and all the other horrible things that happened at that time in our country,” he continued. “Then I played at the 2004 Democratic Convention, which was my first introduction to Barack Obama, and after his keynote address I looked at my wife Elaine and said, ‘Man, what a poet! He could be president of the United States!’ And that’s absolutely verbatim.

“But even I, who have written countless songs about race, could not believe that a man of color could b Read More
11/02/2008 - John's two appearances on Good Morning America last week are available for online viewing. The Saturday piece featured a very cool interview with John, taped at his Belmont Mall studio as well as touring around Bloomington IN, with host Kate Snow.

Watch on ABCNews' website - Click HERE
Watch on YouTube - Click HERE
Read article based on John's interview - Click HERE
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11/01/2008 - Singer John Mellencamp Shows 'GMA' Around Battleground Indiana

Posted by By KATE SNOW and COURTNEY CHAPMAN on Friday, October 31, 2008

Sometimes the best way to see a state is with a local. So when ABC News' 50 states in 50 days project rolled into Indiana, we called up favorite son, singer John Mellencamp.
John Mellencamp

We all know he was born in a small town (Seymour, Ind., to be exact), and while chart-topping songs have helped him realize the American dream, he hasn't left the heartland behind. He and his third wife, former supermodel Elaine Irwin, now call Bloomington, Ind., home.

He can be stopped driving around in his 1956 Chevy Nomad. He says there's an authenticity to these back roads that you don't find in the big city, even if he disagrees vehemently with most of his neighbors.

"I never did really want to fit in, " Mellencamp said. "I enjoy being the outsider. You know I'm a loud talker and always have been e Read More
11/01/2008 - is going to feature fan reviews, photos and videos from John's Australia and New Zealand Tour! and want YOUR concert reviews of John’s current tour. Chosen reviews will be published in blog format in the JOURNAL section. Excerpts from the best reviews will be posted in a new feature entitled: “What the Fans are Saying” on Send your review(s)/blogs to with the subject line of Fan Show Review.

We are asking all Mellencamp fans to upload any videos taken at a Mellencamp show, with either their cell phones or cameras, to Full songs, partial songs, footage of you in the crowd dancing; whatever Mellencamp footage you have, we want to see it! Be sure to email us with the link to any clips as the best clips will be featured on! Click here to view our featured Read More
10/31/2008 - A video supporting Barack Obama using John Mellencamp’s version of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” is spreading virally across the Internet.

The one-minute clip presents a travelogue of America, including shots of farmland, skyscrapers, forests, small towns, highways and waterways—all loosely corresponding with the song lyrics—followed by quick portraits of a wide variety of Americans. It ends with the text “It’s never been more important to be one America” superimposed on a shot of the Statue of Liberty, followed by “November 4, 2008” superimposed on a shot of Obama at a rally.

The video has appeared on YouTube and Huffington Post, the latter site including a note that it was produced by Rich Silverstein and Jeff Goodby, the creators of “got milk?,” Hewlett-Packard and the NBA ad campai Read More
10/30/2008 - "Good Morning America" had interviews with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin on Thursday morning. But John Mellencamp may have made the most forceful comments -- in song and word -- as the ABC program visited Orlando's Church Street Station.

Mellencamp sang "Troubled Land" and "Pink Houses" at the Cheyenne Saloon. Chris Cuomo of "GMA" told Mellencamp that "Pink Houses" was as relevant when the singer wrote it years ago.

"I'm just trying to do my part, you know, trying to say something that might mean something to somebody and make people feel good about themselves," Mellencamp said.

Asked about the timely lyrics, Mellencamp said, "The American Dream has kind of been hidden lately. So I think that it's time for hard-working people to be able to earn a decent wage and realize their dreams. That's what this country was founded on. I believe in the First Amendment, and I believe in hard-working people."

The crowd at the Read More
10/30/2008 - Media interest in John Mellencamp continues full throttle with a phone-in appearance Friday (Oct. 31) on “The Stephanie Miller Show.” The syndicated radio talk show, which runs from 9-12 a.m. (Eastern) Monday through Friday and can be streamed from, will talk with John at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern).

Miller became interested in talking with Mellencamp after hearing his new single "Troubled Land" from his album "Life, Death, Love, and Freedom." Her interview with him comes a day after his appearance on “Good Morning America,” and at a time when his outspoken music and words are in increasing demand as Election Day nears.

Media personality/comedienne Miller is the daughter of the late William E. Miller, Barry Goldwater’s Read More
10/30/2008 - Following his live Thursday morning appearance, John Mellencamp will again appear on ABC TV's "Good Morning America" Saturday morning, this time via a recently taped interview for the program from his Belmont Mall studio. Footage may include an acoustic version of “Small Town,” as well as a demonstration of how “Jack & Diane” sounded when he first wrote it. Also taped was a ride through the countryside with GMA weekend host Kate Snow in Mellencamp’s 1956 Chevy station wagon, stopping to visit local spots including a farm and Indiana University.

The Saturday (Nov. 1st) GMA segment is also set to run during the last half hour. On Thursday's GMA John performed his new single "Troubled Land" and his classic "Pink Houses" live from Orlando, FL. Read More
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