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07/11/2012 - The New York Times asked John to write a commentary on Woody Guthrie in conjunction with the paper's coverage of the centennial of his birth (July 14, 1912). John, who kicked off the Guthrie Centennial celebration by headlining a tribute concert in Tulsa on March 10, 2012, responded with a poem that the Times has posted on line as part of its ArtsBeat series. John's poem will be included in this Sunday's Art & Leisure section feature coverage of Woody @ 100. Please read the complete article and poem in its entirety after the jump. Read More
03/02/2012 - Read Jennifer Chancellor's complete article about John's involvement in the The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert. In the article John talks about the influence Woody has had on his music and artistry. Here are some excerpts: "There is perhaps one thing that has inspired Mellencamp the most, he said..."

"Just being able to stand up for himself and be counted as an individual. Plus, he also lived outside of the music business..."

"In a time before major record label deals, arena tours and million-dollar contracts, Guthrie was out in the cotton fields playing to migrant workers. He wrote and performed because he felt compelled to, Mellencamp said..."

""You, know, I've always been an outsider, too..." Read More
 
   

 

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