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06/05/2013 - Read Jon Pareles of the New York Times complete review after the jump. Here are some excerpts: "Mr. Mellencamp illuminates characters and has them ponder questions of responsibility and truth, heaven and hell..."

"Mr. Mellencamp came up with superb songs for women, who respond with quietly glowing performances..." Read More
03/30/2012 - Read Wendell Brocks' feature on Ghost Brothers of Darkland County after the jump. Here is an excerpt: "Haunted by the tale, Mr. Mellencamp decided he wanted to turn it into a musical ghost story. And when you’ve sold 40 million albums and need a collaborator, you can start with the best ghost-story writer you can find..."

“I got this call out of the blue from John Mellencamp, saying he wanted to write a play,” Stephen King said..." Read More
02/21/2011 - Jon Pareles of the New York Times reviews John's Radio City Music Hall. Here is an excerpt: "It was one linchpin of a concert that seesawed between facing mortality — full of songs about death — and a stubborn determination to live fully..." Read the full article after the jump. Read More
08/16/2010 - Read Jon Pareles' of the New York Times full review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "The pilgrimages didn’t humble Mr. Mellencamp. They spurred him to compete with history. In Memphis, he went for bass-slapping, reverb-guitar rockabilly. In San Antonio, he sang (as Johnson did) about being pursued by the Devil, with ragtimey guitar plunking and bluesy violin..."

"Yet behind the period arrangements and the antique haze of the production, they’re still Mellencamp songs..." Read More




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