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06/27/2016 - John Mellencamp, along with over 200 other artists, music-industry executives and Billboard Magazine, have signed an Open Letter To Congress: Stop Gun Violence Now. The open letter is the front and back cover of the current issue of Billboard Magazine. John's signature and the Open Letter can be seen HERE. Complete details after the jump. Read More
04/28/2016 - ASCAP’s highest honor, The Founders Award, went to John Mellencamp for his exceptional contributions to music. Talk show host Tavis Smiley, who presented the award, gave a moving introduction about Mellencamp’s “Authority Song” being the anthem that he and fellow students at Indiana University-- in Mellencamp's hometown of Bloomington -- adopted as they protested the death of a black student named Denver Smith, who was killed by white officers after they shot him six times in the back.

In a passionate speech, Mellencamp talked about “growing up in public with my songwriting. It was a good thing for me back then, in the early ‘70s, that there was a thing called artist development, when artists could find themselves and their voice,” he said. “I think I made five or six albums before I sold five or six albums. Lucky for me I came along at that time. Now, today, there is no artist development and I’m not sure I’d want to become a songwriter today."

Mellencamp called for the industry to come together to stop free music on the Internet before more damage is done. “If not, then the quality of songwriting and the quality of music and the quality of the future of young songwriters is going to diminish down to nothing important and it’s just going to be no artist development and our business will shrink to “do you remember when.'" He then performed “Longest Days” from his 2008 album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom. Read More

11/13/2015 - Before he went on to sell 27.5 million albums, John Mellencamp was determined to make it as a painter. The legendary rocker walks Billboard through his first New York exhibition at the ACA Galleries. Read the entire article after the jump and click HERE to view and gain some insight on several of John's works currently on exhibit. Read More
09/25/2015 - Read Tom Duffy's complete 10 takeaways from Farm Aid 30, which drew an estimated 26,000 fans to the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Chicago’s Northerly Island article after the jump. Number 8. Mellencamp offered the most hit-laden set of the day with direct relevance to Farm Aid’s cause. Top 10 Hot 100 tracks like “Small Town” and “Rain on the Scarecrow” sounded as great as in 1985, the year Farm Aid began. As with all the artists, but particularly striking for Mellencamp, stark, beautiful and massive photos of America’s farms were projected behind his band -- the work of photographers Patty O'Brien, Audra Mulkern, Sandi Whitmore, Rod Gerst and David Sowa and the lighting/projection team led by Jason Robinson. Read More
04/26/2015 - Read Frank Scheck's of The Hollywood Reporter complete Apollo Theater review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "He still displays a tremendous joy in performing, as evidenced by his superb show at New York's Apollo Theatre..."

"Mellencamp delivered a perfectly paced show that had the audience on its feet..." Read More
09/05/2014 - Rugged, rural and packed with an aging rocker's gimmick-free reflections on life and hope Plain Spoken is the first album in Mellencamp's "lifetime contract" with Republic. The stark, soul- baring lead single, "Troubled Man" like the rest of the album, follows the acoustic path of Mellencamp's last two project's 2010's No Better Than This and 2008's Life, Death Love and Freedom. Read More
10/04/2013 - Read Billboard Magazine's complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts from John's introduction of Pete Seeger: "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013.."

"That song," he explained, "was inspired by people who had come before me, that were trying to make a difference with music..."

"I'm so humbled," he continued, "to bring out the guy who really made that song what it is… Ladies and gentlemen, Pete Seeger!" Read More
08/05/2010 - Billboard writer Gray Graff recently spoke with John regarding his fall tour. Here is an excerpt: "John Mellencamp is planning "something I've never done before" to promote his forthcoming 25th album, "No Better Than This..." Read More
07/03/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Billboard Magazine On The Rural Route 7609 review by Gary Graff:

"..this handsomely packaged four-disc, 54-track collection documents the Indiana rocker's career as ambitious songwriter, insightful societal observer, sharp-tonged sociopolitical commentator and, occasionally, raconteur who's done far more
than just R-O-C-K in the USA..."

"..it allows listeners to appreciate Mellencamp's music in fresh contexts..."

"..a deserving and serious-minded overview for one of American's under-appreciated
titans of song..."
 

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07/03/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Billboard Magazine On The Rural Route 7609 review by Gary Graff: Read More
05/24/2010 - A 55-year-old reel-to-reel Ampex tape recorder, a single microphone and three historic recording sites were John Mellencamp's tools for making his new album, "No Better Than This," which is due out Aug. 17 -- seven weeks after he releases a retrospective box set, "On the Rural Route 7609."

Mellencamp and producer T-Bone Burnett recorded the 13 mono, unoverdubbed tracks for "No Better Than This" during the summer of 2009, while the Indiana Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was on the road with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Using members of Mellencamp's band and guests like guitarist Marc Ribot and former Johnny Cash upright bassist Dave Roe, they set up shop at Sun Studios in Memphis, Room 414 of the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio -- where Robert Johnson made his first recordings in November of 1936 -- and in the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga., the inaugural black church in America and a stop on the underground railroad during the Civil War. Read More
 
   

 

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