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02/19/2019 - John Mellencamp is a rebel without a cause but not the spitfire refractory type who raises a painting palette with a clenched fist against the art establishment. He’s not a rebel who proclaims a cerebral doctrine, decrees an oppressive ideology or a proponent of some altisonant theory or authoritarian manifesto.

His rebellion is embodied in the physical phenomena, in the palpable materiality of his art. He does not pay any deferential tribute to any arching esthetic dictamina. He propounds in a serenely quiet and countervailing way that art need not subscribe to any one restrictive philosophy but can embrace expansively myriad paths and approaches to self-discovery and the realization of self-expression. Read David L. Shirey's perception of John Mellencamp after the jump. Read More
02/18/2019 - On February 15, 2019, John Mellencamp and his bandmates brought their storytelling show of rock, folk, and blues to Peoria, Illinois. The largest city on the Illinois River, with a population of approximately 120,000, Peoria dwarfs the “small town” of Mellencamp’s origin – Seymour, Indiana – but it shares with Seymour the qualification of “where they are not,” as in the advice Mellencamp recalls Pete Seeger giving him for creative longevity, “Go where they are not.” Read David Masciotra's complete Peoria, IL show review after the jump. Read More
02/11/2019 - After more than forty years of making music, John Mellencamp has solidly come into his own. In Mellencamp’s early years, his management tried to mold him into a rock star and tagged him with a series of names that he’s still shaking off Read More
02/10/2019 - On Thursday, John Mellencamp took the stage in South Bend to promote the release of his 24th studio album, “Other People’s Stuff.” Mellencamp has been writing and performing his own songs for over 40 years, since his first professional album in 1976. The setlist was well-organized with a few songs to introduce the tone of the show, a nostalgic section, a part for rumination on life and the passage of time, some political commentary, an anti-authority segment and feel-good closers. Read the complete Morris Performing Arts Center review after the jump. Read More
02/10/2019 - There is something almost weirdly dispiriting about hearing a theater full of people decades past high school sing along to a chorus of a song that goes “Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone.”

Yet John Mellencamp led that chorus from his biggest hit from 37 years ago, “Jack & Diane,” Friday night at the Riverside Theater to a nearly packed house. It’s to his credit that Mellencamp has become a legacy rocker who doesn’t so much romanticize his and his listeners’ lives as reflect them without much in the way of aspiration—and that his music retains enough resonance among enough of an audience so long after being an MTV mainstay to fill the Riverside. Read More
02/09/2019 - Read Piet Levy's complete Riverside Theater show review including the set list after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Yes, these were largely older songs, but Mellencamp didn't play 'em like they were. He performed everything with vigor and meaning. He played 'em like they still mattered...

"To tweak a line from "Jack and Diane," it was clear to see Friday that for Mellencamp, the thrill of living isn't gone — not when there are still injustices in the world, and important songs left to make..." Read More
01/10/2019 - Watch the full 30 minute interview with John and NBC's Harry Smith on the Today Show. Taped at John's New York City apartment the week after his 24th album, “Other People’s Stuff,” was released to discuss his paintings, his music industry beginnings, the upcoming tour and more.
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01/08/2019 - “Other People’s Stuff” is the latest effort from John Mellencamp and aptly describes the collection of reworked arrangements previously released during the talented singer-songwriter’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career.

The 10 tracks containing various country, folk and blues stylings are infused with Mellencamp’s own personal heartland sound. Read More
12/20/2018 - John Mellencamp lands a No. 1 album on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart for the first time in his career, as his new album, Other People’s Stuff, rules the ranking dated Dec. 22.

The set debuts atop the tally with 44,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 13, according to Nielsen Music. Nearly all of its sum came via traditional album sales.

Mellencamp had previously snagged five top fives on Top Rock Albums, which began in 2006 (many years after Mellencamp first reached the all-genre Billboard 200 chart back in 1979). Before Stuff, with three -- 2007’s Freedom Road, 2008’s Life Death Love and Freedom and most recently, 2017’s Sad Clowns & Hillbillies reaching No. 3.

The album also represents Mellencamp’s 11th top 10 on the Billboard 200, his first since 2010’s Nothing Better Than This and best-charting album since Freedom 10 years prior.

Stuff features covers in its tracklist, including songs by Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers and more. Read More

12/18/2018 - What is clear about the art of John Mellencamp is that his work extends the rich tradition of American expressionistic art that harks back to the painterly canvases of Robert Henri (1865-1929) and the so called Early Modernists that flourished in the early part of the 20th century. The Butler's "The Little Dancer' from 1916 reveals the rich and highly textured handling of paint that has its roots in Vincent Van Gogh's impasto surfaces often achieved with fingers and palette knives.


Robert Henri (1865-1929), The Little Dancer, 1916-1918, Oil on Canvas Read More
12/17/2018 - "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" from the A Very Special Christmas benefit album. The video was filmed at soundcheck during the 1987 Lonesome Jubilee tour.

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12/13/2018 - John Mellencamp, who recently released his 24th album, “Other People’s Stuff,” sits down with NBC’s Harry Smith at his New York City apartment to discuss his legendary career in music, his art and how he’s found love again.

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12/12/2018 - Tune Into The Today Show tomorrow as John sits down with Harry Smith to discuss his new album Other's People's Stuff airing, Thursday, December 13th during the 8AM hour. Look for a extended piece from the interview on Todayshow.com tomorrow after air time. Other People's Stuff is available NOW on CD, Vinyl, and Digital Download. Read More
12/09/2018 - On December 7, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp released his latest studio offering, "Other People's Stuff," via Republic Records.

The Verdict
Overall, John Mellencamp delivers on his new album, Other People's Stuff. He is able to breathe fresh life into these recordings, as he dusts them off and gives them his a distinct musical makeover. Mellencamp sustains the listener's attention for the entire duration of the project. Grab a bottle of wine, and let Mellencamp lure you in. Other People's Stuff garners an A rating. Read More
12/06/2018 - Today, John Mellencamp releases his 24th album, Other People’s Stuff via Republic Records.

Get Other People’s Stuff HERE

On the album Mellencamp noted: “Most, if not all, of the songs on Other People’s Stuff come from The Great American Songbook. These are songs that have been recorded over the last 40 years of my career, but had never been put together as one piece of work. Now, they have.” Read the complete press release after the jump. Read More
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