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06/10/2010 - By David Browne - Article photo by Kurt Markus

John Mellencamp admits he wasn't stoked about compiling On the Rural Route 7609, his new four-disc retrospective. "I didn't have any interest in doing a box set - I know what happens with them," he says, "You go to the hits and you skip the rest." But the rocker saw an opportunity to turn casual fans on to his deep cuts - so each disc intersperses hits with lesser-known album tracks in non-chronological order. "People will discover that I have songs besides 'Pink Houses,'" he says. But it's not like Mellencamp, 58, is living in the past: In August, he'll release a new album, the T Bone Burnett - produced No Better Than This. And in 2012, he'll premiere Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the musical he co-wrote with Stephen King. An LP of music from the show - featuring Elvis Costello and Rosanne Cash - is also in the can. In the meantime, Mellencamp reflects on some key tracks from Read More
 
   

 

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