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07/31/2012 - Read Jim Harrington's of the Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News complete review of the John Steinbeck Award Show. Here are some excerpts: "Mellencamp continues to be a breath of fresh air in an industry otherwise consumed by political correctness, where watching what you tweet seems at least as important as writing what you know. That factor is one of the main reasons why he's such a deserving recipient of the 2012 John Steinbeck Award..."

"The legacy of Steinbeck colors those songs, as it does so much of Mellencamp's catalog. Now, thanks to the Center for Steinbeck Studies, the two Johns are forever linked..." Read More
07/25/2012 - In advance of his being presented with the John Steinbeck Award, John Mellencamp spoke to to Jim Harrington of the Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News, sharing his thoughts about the legendary author and honor that he's being given in Steinbeck's name. Read the complete Q & A after the jump. Read More
06/05/2012 - John Mellencamp will receive the prestigious John Steinbeck Award, "in the souls of the people" on Monday, July 30th, at the historic California Theatre in San Jose. Thomas Steinbeck will present the John Steinbeck Award to John at an event titled "A Conversation and Special Performance" the evening will include a talk with Mellencamp, moderated by Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, and musical performance.

The John Steinbeck Award has been called "a beacon for the left" and its list of recipients "a who's who of disturbers." Previous recipients of the John Steinbeck Award are: Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, Studs Terkel, Dolores Huerta, John Sayles, Jackson Browne, Garrison Keillor, Joan Baez, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, and Rachel Maddow.

John Mellencamp commented, "John Steinbeck's remarkable ability to give voice to the common man and to people on society's margins, to describe their plight and aspirations, continues to inspire us more than a century after his birth. I'm very honored to be the recipient of an award given in his name." Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster. Click "Read More" to read the complete press release Read More




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