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05/11/2018 - What does it take to be a rock ‘n’ roll legend? At age 66, John Mellencamp probably never asked himself this question. Yet despite his indifference to the whole idea of fame — his aversion to it, actually — that is what he has become. Go figure.

Read Bob Doerschuk's phone interview with John about the process of his live CD/DVD Plain Spoken From The Chicago Theatre out today after the jump. Read More
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05/11/2018 - Today, Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre – a narrative film experience by John Mellencamp –is available on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and Digital Video Format and Digital Audio Format.

A unique voyage into the mind and music of John Mellencamp, Plain Spoken is a live concert filmed at the historic Chicago Theatre, overlaid with personal commentary from the man himself reflecting on his career and life. Watch "My Soul's Got Wing's" from the documentary below

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05/10/2018 - A tremendous release for fans of John Mellencamp, Plain Spoken - From the Chicago Theatre offers not only an intense audio/visual concert experience, but also an intimate look inside the artist's life. The feature-length, 16-song concert is presented in two ways: 1) as a straightforward (and frickin' awesome) heartland rock show, 2) that same show with Mellencamp's "commentary" running over it. The actual audio sounds like more of a prepared, biographical work rather than what has become the standard "describe what's on screen" kind of audio track. In other words, this commentary commands attention, with Mellencamp delivering his life story with quiet urgency. Read the complete review after the jump. Read More
05/08/2018 - A songwriter, storyteller, musician, actor, artist, and social activist, Mellencamp has recently brought together the many facets of his personality to create the beautifully-authored Plain Spoken: From the Chicago Theatre. Taking place at the historic venue just hours from his native Indiana, this is one concert experience for fans to truly cherish. The package includes two versions of the same concert: one the standard addition, while the other contains voice-over commentary from the man himself. Additionally, for those inclined to enjoy Mellencamp in auditory format alone, a CD contains the audio of the concert performance without any visual accompaniments. Read the complete review after the jump. Read More
05/08/2018 - "In my mind, John Mellencamp is a rocking version of Merle Haggard," says Jake Owen. "He's able to say things simply about America in a way where everyone understood it."

Baked into the foundation of any art form is the knowledge that everything new is built on some adaptation of what came before it. Read the complete Billboard article after the jump. Read More
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04/23/2018 - Bob Morris visited John at his art studio in Indiana to speak with him about his life as a painter, his development of his paintings and assemblages, and to view his latest works that will be on exhibit at the ACA Galleries in New York City April 26th - June 2nd. Read this fascinating interview after the jump.

"Like the characters in the Steinbeck and Faulkner novels he admired in his youth and the dustbowl inflected songs of Woody Guthrie, he paints about alienation and struggle more than joy or ease..." Read More
04/19/2018 - Next Tuesday, John sits down with Dan Rather for a no holds barred interview touching on politics, race relations, and the state of the country on AXS TV at 9pm EST. Do not miss this incredible interview! Watch a preview of the interview below.

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04/17/2018 - We are pleased to announce contemporary artist John Mellencamp’s new exhibition, Life, Death, Love, Freedom, opening at ACA Galleries on April 26, 2018 in New York. This is Mellencamp’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, and will showcase two bodies of work: Mellencamp’s sculptural assemblages and series of portraits. Read the complete press release after the jump.

“Mellencamp paints handsomely grotesque portraits in oil that are as solemn and stirring as his hit songs are catchy and inspirational -- depicting existential scenes and human beings ridden with the angst of the everyday” notes critic Doug McClemont..." Read More
04/06/2018 - John Mellencamp celebrates The Man In Black on the 'Johnny Cash: Forever Words' project. This album features 16 new songs based on unknown poetry, letters, and lyrics written by Cash. The album features John and band performing "Them Double Blues."

When Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash passed, they left behind what John Carter Cash, their son and Johnny Cash: Forever Words co-producer, describes as a "monstrous amassment” of things, including a treasure trove of undiscovered material that includes Johnny Cash’s handwritten letters, poems and documents, penned across the entirety of his life. Purchase the album now HERE. After the jump you can listen to the full song!

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04/05/2018 - Since the completion of the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour last year John has been busy working on several projects behind the scenes, including the opening of a new art exhibit at the ACA Galleries in New York City with a new collection of works running from April 26 - June 2nd.  John's band members have been working on some non Mellencamp related projects. Click on "Read More" to check out their updates. Read More
03/19/2018 - Songwriter. Storyteller. Musician. Actor. Artist. Social Activist… These are just some words that come to mind when the name John Mellencamp is spoken. On May 11th, fans will have the ability to get a deeper look at this artist when Eagle Rock Entertainment proudly presents Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre. Read the complete press release after the jump.

Pre-order NOW! DVD+CD and Blu-ray+CD.

View “Small Town” live from the show.
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02/15/2018 - Read David Masciotra's complete review of Plain Spoken From The Chicago Theatre after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp has made it clear that not all – not even the majority – of his songs are actually about him, but in the true tradition of the authentic artist, he has given himself to his audience...:

"Mellencamp has an insistence – exciting to me and many others, but perhaps frustrating to some – of never doing anything according to convention. The new documentary is a unique presentation of the work and mind of a musician, unlike any other concert film..." Read More
02/08/2018 - John Mellencamp celebrates The Man In Black on the upcoming 'Johnny Cash: Forever Words' project. This album features 16 new songs based on unknown poetry, letters, and lyrics written by Cash. The album is being released April 6, 2018 and features John and band performing "Them Double Blues."

When Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash passed, they left behind what John Carter Cash, their son and Johnny Cash: Forever Words co-producer, describes as a "monstrous amassment” of things, including a treasure trove of undiscovered material that includes Johnny Cash’s handwritten letters, poems and documents, penned across the entirety of his life. Pre-order the album now HERE and read the complete press release that includes the track listings and all of the incredible artist's that were part of this amazing project.

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02/06/2018 - John will be inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 14th at the 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York City. The 2018 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees "is a prodigious representation of creators of cross-genre hits, certain to resonate with everyone," said SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff. President/CEO Linda Moran says "each year, the slate of songwriters we induct is more diverse and illustrative of the history and contributions that we strive to acknowledge and honor. We could not be more excited to preside over this year’s event and to give these songwriters their due respect." Read the official press release that includes a complete list of all the inductees after the jump. Read More
02/02/2018 - John was the musical guest performing a moving "Easy Target" off his most recent release Sad Clowns & Hillbillies on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night. Watch this incredible performance below.

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