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10/25/2019 - 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
10/24/2019 - Today, The Rainforest Fund announce its spectacular lineup of musical legends performing in concert from New York City. Hosted by Oscar nominated actor, producer and singer Robert Downey Jr., the iconic roster of globally renowned artists also set to take the stage with Sting include Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, James Taylor, Bob Geldof, Shaggy, Ricky Martin, H.E.R., MJ Rodriguez, and Eurythmics with additional names soon to be announced. Read the complete press release that includes ticket information after the jump. Read More
07/09/2019 - Underscoring the severe crisis in farm country, Farm Aid’s annual music and food festival will return to the heart of dairy country on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin.Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. CDT. Mellencamp.com pre-sale tickets go on sale Thursday, July 11, at 10 a.m. CDT.

Featuring family farmers, the good food they produce and inspiring music, Farm Aid 2019 will include performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Yola, and Particle Kid. Additional artists will be announced later this summer. Read More
07/08/2019 - The 20th Annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards took place at City Winery in New York City last evening, honoring singer-songwriter John Mellencamp with the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award, which shines a spotlight on artists who have proven their commitment to striving for social justice and creating real change in combating hunger worldwide.

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07/08/2019 - On Thursday, July 11th, beginning at 11 AM ET, we will be offering a limited number of tickets in a Mellencamp.com free member pre-sale. Tickets available will include roof-covered reserved seats, non-roof covered reserved seats, and general admission lawn tickets. The pre-sale will end at 10 PM ET, or whenever our allotment runs out - supplies are limited! The pre-sale tickets will be offered through Live Nation using a password posted on the TOUR page for logged-in members. Read THIS tutorial to learn how our pre-sale works. Please watch our TOUR page for more information. Read More
06/12/2019 - This is a story about those people who live, love and die on the underside of the American Dream in small towns all across our country. This is a tale, laced with humor and visceral energy, about star-crossed lovers, and their stubborn refusal to give up, to lie down, to let go of the potential their youthful dreams once promised. This is also a story about a town in free-fall, and the tough choices people make, not always in their best interests. Book by MacArthur Fellow, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Obie Award winning playwright Naomi Wallace and will be directed by 3-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, music and lyrics by John Mellencamp.

More details will be announced in the Fall. Read More
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06/12/2019 - "Jack & Diane," John Mellencamp's little ditty 'bout star-crossed lovers in a small town, has a playwright and a Tony Award winner lined up to direct and choreograph the hit song's previously-teased transformation into a staged musical.

Republic Records, Federal Films and Universal Music Theatricals announced on Wednesday that a musical written by Mellencamp (music/lyrics) and Naomi Wallace (book) is officially in development, with Kathleen Marshall, winner of three Tonys out of nine nominations, signed on to direct and choreograph. Read More
04/29/2019 - “I don’t think that anybody in 1975 imagined that we would still be doing this today,” John Mellencamp stated near the end of a 25 minute documentary video that served as an overview of his long career which preceded his performance at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland Thursday night, adding “The longevity of this is surprising.”

But over four decades later, the artist initially branded as John Cougar by his record company against his will has more than established his own identity, and earned universal respect for a career that’s seen over 40 million album sales worldwide on the way to induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Read More

04/22/2019 - John Mellencamp, even at age 67, is still kind of a punk.

Not a punk in the mohawk, slam-dancing, Sex Pistols way, but in the way old-timers used to eyeball a certain sort of long-haired, cigarette-smoking loudmouth and mutter "damn punk" at what he saw as a harbinger of society's collapse.

At his packed concert at Spokane's First Interstate Center for the Arts Saturday night, Mellencamp proved to still be the kind of guy who revels in stirring shit up. Whether it was calling the folks screaming during the show's quieter moments "motherf—-ers," or including point-blank political commentary in favor of Black Lives Matter (including taking a knee) and the working poor in his between-song banter and videos, Mellencamp still loves to fight authority, as one of his biggest hits says, and he comes out grinnin'. Read More
04/22/2019 - Before he took the stage Saturday at the First Interstate Center for the Arts, John Mellencamp sent fans on a trip down memory lane via a documentary detailing the ups and downs of his lengthy career.

“I don’t think in 1975 anybody would have imagined that we’d be doing this today,” he’s heard saying as photos of a young Mellencamp flash on screen. “The longevity of this is surprising. It’s all been a happy accident.”

The documentary touched on the health scares that led to Mellencamp taking a break from life on the road and the impact of Mellencamp’s music over the years. Read More
04/16/2019 - John Mellencamp is our voice.

He wears coveralls with the sleeves rolled up, showing off his tattoos. Onstage, he chews gum, his hair slicked back. And he talks like us too, his voice with a plain Midwestern accent, a quick joke and the occasional f-bomb.

He looks like, sounds like, seems like 1,000 guys sitting in 1,000 small-town bars.

But unlike most of us regular people, Mellencamp has the uncanny ability to say things in a plainspoken way that expresses and explains our lives in a universal way. Read More
04/14/2019 - The challenge in writing about John Mellencamp is to somehow put into words the work of a master with words.

A songwriter who can take you to the outskirts of town, outside the Tastee Freeze and to 400 empty acres that used to be a farm — without ever leaving your "Small Town."

An artist who can turn a little ditty about Jack and Diane and how “life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone” into the most joyous sing-along chorus you’ve ever heard.

A rocker who, at 67, still comes out swingin’ and grinnin’ at any opportunity to fight authority. Read More

04/12/2019 - Johnny Cash called him one of the best songwriters of all time. Bob Dylan counts his output among the best around. Today’s country stars worship his brand of heartland rock.

John Mellencamp is adored by some of the music industry’s best and by fans who still pay to put “Jack & Diane” on the jukebox or crank up “Play Guitar” whenever it comes on the radio.

Mellencamp, who plays Omaha’s Orpheum Theater on Monday, is the progenitor of Americana rock, distilling folk and rock ’n’ roll and blues and country into something distinctly Midwestern. His 1985 album, “Scarecrow,” not only left us with memorable hits — “Small Town” and “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” among them — it also made Mellencamp popular with rock stars and regular Midwesterners alike, cementing him as a once-in-a-generation voice who, in turn, gave voice to us here in the heartland. Read More

04/09/2019 - John Mellencamp is famous for his music: He has recorded 24 albums, including the iconic American Fool, which features “Hurts So Good” and “Jack & Diane.” He is also a respected artist whose paintings and other works have been exhibited across the U.S. And so he established this intimate studio in New York City when he started to date Meg Ryan (the two became engaged in 2018). “To live an artist’s life, you have to create every day,” he says. “When I was there, there was no place for me to paint, no place for me to write, so I bought this little place.” Read this exclusive interview and view photos of the loft taken by William Abranowicz after the jump. Read More
04/01/2019 - Mellencamp came to the stage with “Lawless Times”, a song about the current state of life in the U.S. from streaming music to the Catholic church. John has always been regarded as a musical spokesman for the Midwest, but the reason his music resonates across the nation is that he writes about the human condition in America. Read Vicky Sullivan's Sarasota Post review after the jump. Read More
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