John Mellencamp lives in a lakefront mansion at the edge of a wooded acre estate outside Bloomington, Indiana. It has felt bigger since he split with his wife, Elaine Irwin, in , and his two youngest children, Hud, 19, and Speck, 18, took off for college. I walk in now sometimes and go, 'Who loves their dad? Moving to New York to be with his girlfriend, Meg Ryan, would solve the empty-nest problem, but Mellencamp says that's out of the question. I can't see the suffering. I can't see the trash on the streets.
JOHN MELLENCAMP TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, OTHER PEOPLE’S STUFF, DECEMBER 7
John J. Mellencamp born October 7, , previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, actor, and film director. He is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock, which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. He has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States.
Not only has Mellencamp released hundreds of original songs over his illustrious career, but he has recorded numerous celebrated covers. For as renowned as his original material remains, Mellencamp has breathed new life and spirit into various staples of the classic American musical canon as well. Culled from seminal albums, compilations, unearthed sessions and documentaries, this record serves as a proud homage to some of the greatest songs in history. Mellencamp was asked by the Obama administration to perform for the Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement event. See link to the memorable performance here. 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.
John J. Mellencamp  born October 7, , previously known as Johnny Cougar , John Cougar , and John Cougar Mellencamp , is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, actor, and film director. He is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock , which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. He has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States. In addition, he holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with seven. Mellencamp has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards , winning one. Mellencamp is also one of the founding members of Farm Aid , an organization that began in with a concert in Champaign, Illinois , to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. His songs document the joys and struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way, and he has consistently brought the fresh air of common experience to the typically glamour-addled world of popular music.