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April 13, 1986
Dennis McDougal, get a job. On KGIL "You'll Find Barry Manilow, John Cougar Mellencamp, Dream Academy, Olivia Newton-John and virtually any other soft rocker who comes to mind." John Cougar Mellencamp?! Obviously B.M., D.A., and O.N.J.'s rock isn't the only thing that's soft. M. MAYNARD Laguna Niguel
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May 31, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"American Fool" was the album that vaulted John Mellencamp to rock stardom 15 years ago. Now, at 45, he has been acting like the American rock star with his head screwed on closest to straight. Mellencamp recently finished doing exactly what you'd figure every fabulously wealthy, super-famous rock star would do, but somehow never does. He turned his winter-spring tour into a pleasant working vacation by shunning one-night stands in vast arenas in favor of three- to five-night runs in theaters.
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May 25, 1986
ROBERT HILBURN "Gee, I'd like to do another Springsteen goes back to Jersey story." CALENDAR EDITOR "Afraid not. It's too soon since the last one." ROBERT HILBURN "I've got it! John Cougar Mellencamp goes back to Indiana." CALENDAR EDITOR "You're a genius, Bob, sheer genius." FRANK MALFITANO Los Angeles
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September 10, 1996 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Even John Mellencamp has to smile during an interview when he mentions the title of his new album, "Mr. Happy Go Lucky." Few musicians over the last two decades have pursued success and then respect with as much driving obsession as the 44-year-old singer-songwriter. With the stage name John Cougar in the early '80s, the Indiana native struck gold with such relatively lightweight singles as "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane."
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September 5, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The wife of rock singer John Cougar Mellencamp has filed for divorce after eight years of marriage. The attorney for Victoria L. Mellencamp, 30, of Bloomington, Ind., confirmed the action over the weekend but declined to discuss the case. The couple have been separated since May, 1988. Mrs. Mellencamp filed the petition four days after the birth of Mellencamp's first grandchild, Elexis Suzanne Peach.
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December 21, 1987 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
John Cougar Mellencamp, on the possibility of his touring the Soviet Union: "I talked to Billy Joel about it and I don't think I want to. I've been everywhere I want to go and Russia isn't one of the places I want to go. For one thing, I like to eat and I heard it's hard to get burgers over there."
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January 13, 1988
- Two of the most successful male vocalists in rock 'n' roll will soon be featured in concert at the San Diego International Sports Arena. John Cougar Mellencamp, the Midwest's answer to Bruce Springsteen, will perform Feb. 27, and Sting, lead singer with the Police, will appear March 22. Tickets for Mellencamp go on sale Jan. 23 and for Sting, Feb. 12. They'll be available at the arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets at $18.50 each.
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August 1, 1989 | DANIEL CERONE, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
John Cougar Mellencamp has had it. The artist says he needs a break from rock 'n' roll and will not tour to promote his recently released album, "Big Daddy." "I need to get out of this business for a while," he said. "I've been beating my head against the wall since I was 23. I've got no family, no self-respect--I've put everything into the rock 'n' roll business. And I don't think they're going to give me a crown for it in heaven, either."
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September 22, 1985
In regard to Henry Carr's letter (Sept. 15), "Nothing Springsteen-esque about John Cougar Mellencamp's music"?! C'mon, open your ears! Just listen to "Small Town" on "Scarecrow." Does it it sound just a little bit like "My Hometown" from "Born in the U.S.A.," which was released one year before "Scarecrow"? Apparently, just like the rest of us Springsteen fans, John "Quick, somebody find me a cool stage name" Cougar has been spinning the Boss's LPs for quite some time and picked up a few pointers to boot.
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July 24, 1988 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Apparently U-2 can't figure out what to do with its new album. The upcoming record was initially conceived as a live double album, largely made up of songs recorded during its 1987 tour, plus a couple of new studio tracks. However, the band has emerged from the studio with at least a dozen new songs. What to do? The tentative plan calls for a double album, with one side of live hits, one with new material.
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August 7, 1994 | Chuck Crisafulli
When musicians of contrasting sensibilities team up in the studio, it's anyone's guess whether the results will sizzle or fizzle. Heartland rocker John Mellencamp may have been taking a gamble when he asked funk artist Me'shell NdegeOcello to play and sing with him on a version of Van Morrison's "Wild Night," but he's delighted with the results. The single, which was released May 9, also appears on Mellencamp's new "Dance Naked" album and is currently in the Top 10 on the national pop chart.
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November 10, 1991 | RICHARD CROMELIN, Richard Cromelin writes about pop music for Calendar.
R ock star and grandfather, oil paint and electric guitar, proud and self-deprecating, cynical and idealistic. . . . At 40, John Mellencamp remains a feisty bundle of contradictions. The Indiana native has been one of rock's top sellers since the early '80s, when he released such catchy, crunchy rock ditties as "Jack & Diane" and "Hurts So Good." Subsequently, his growing sense of mission and his adherence to rock's activist, '60s values linked him with Springsteenian idealism.
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August 26, 1990 | From Pat H. Broeske \f7
What makes rock singer John Cougar Mellencamp think he can star in as well as direct his first feature? "He can do it because this is a real movie, about real life," says manager Harry Sandler, who's producing "Souvenirs" (working title). Mellencamp, who's directed several rock videos, "wouldn't be taking this on if he didn't think he could do it." Now filming in Seymour, Ind.
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April 9, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Farm Aid IV wasn't supposed to happen. Farm Aids I, II and III were intended to help beleaguered American farmers and educate the public about the economic crisis so that another benefit mega-concert wouldn't be necessary. But here were 70 or so country, rock and pop performers gathered at the Hoosier Dome on Saturday, a sell-out crowd of 45,000 and a cable television audience, all focusing once again on farm issues.
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October 17, 1989 | KEVIN ALLMAN, Allman is a frequent contributor to View
Grandma Moses once said, "A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells." The crowd outside the Triangle Gallery on Saturday night indicated that something big in the art world was about to occur. Another Robert Longo show? An exhibit of the major works of David Hockney? Not quite. It was an "invitational only, opening night gala" for an exhibit by jazz legend Miles Davis and rock star John Cougar Mellencamp, who had just begun painting last year and was presenting his "inaugural exhibit."
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September 5, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The wife of rock singer John Cougar Mellencamp has filed for divorce after eight years of marriage. The attorney for Victoria L. Mellencamp, 30, of Bloomington, Ind., confirmed the action over the weekend but declined to discuss the case. The couple have been separated since May, 1988. Mrs. Mellencamp filed the petition four days after the birth of Mellencamp's first grandchild, Elexis Suzanne Peach.
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May 18, 1986
I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am to discover that neither Ruben Blades ("Ruben Blades Swims Against the Salsa," by Gregg Barrios, May 11) or John Cougar Mellencamp is God. You ruined my day. Are there any contenders in the wings waiting for you guys to prick their inflated balloons? Blades' message is heavier and more politically correct when he says, "You don't have to negate your roots to succeed," compared to Mellencamp's cornpone-populist stance of "keeping in touch with your roots."
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November 3, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
From the 15 Minutes of Fame File: Woody Baker hadn't a clue who John Cougar Mellencamp was until the rocker invited him for a cup of coffee at the Midway Cafe in Elnora, Ind. Their 20-minute chat in the combination bar-cafe landed the 73-year-old welder on the cover of the rocker's latest album, "The Lonesome Jubilee." "He was a regular kind of guy," Baker said of Mellencamp. "He looked at the tattoos on my arm and compared them with his."
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August 1, 1989 | DANIEL CERONE, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
John Cougar Mellencamp has had it. The artist says he needs a break from rock 'n' roll and will not tour to promote his recently released album, "Big Daddy." "I need to get out of this business for a while," he said. "I've been beating my head against the wall since I was 23. I've got no family, no self-respect--I've put everything into the rock 'n' roll business. And I don't think they're going to give me a crown for it in heaven, either."
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May 7, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
It is unusual for a recording artist to begin an interview by mentioning someone else's music, especially when he's got his own new album to promote. But this is an unusual time for John Cougar Mellencamp. "I just made a record with a kid named James McMurtry," the 37-year-old rock singer said even before the first question was asked in a Beverly Hills hotel. McMurtry is the son of novelist Larry McMurtry, a long-time friend of Mellencamp. "And you've got to understand that the last thing I want to do is go into the studio and work on someone else's record.
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