Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our site.(born October 7, 1951), previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. Mellencamp has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning one.Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
John has made fiddles, hammer dulcimers Autoharps and accordions lead rock instruments on a par with electric guitar, bass and drums, and he also brought what he calls 'a raw Appalachian' lyrical outlook to his songs.Mellencamp's best music is rock 'n roll stripped of all escapism, and it looks directly at the messiness of life as it's actually lived.He is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock, which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. Mellencamp released his latest album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, on April 28, 2017, to widespread critical acclaim.Mellencamp rose to fame in the 1980s while "honing an almost startlingly plainspoken writing style that, starting in 1982, yielded a string of Top 10 singles,” including "Hurts So Good,” "Jack & Diane,” "Crumblin' Down,” "Pink Houses,” "Lonely Ol' Night,” "Small Town,” “R. Mellencamp is also one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 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.After about 18 months of traveling between Indiana to New York City in 19, Mellencamp finally found someone receptive to his music and image in Tony De Fries of Main Man Management.
De Fries insisted that Mellencamp's first album, Chestnut Street Incident, a collection of covers and a handful of original songs, be released under the stage name Johnny Cougar, insisting that the bumpy German name "Mellencamp" was too hard to market.
In his music, mortality, anxiety, acts of God, questions of romance and brotherhood, and crises of conscience all collide and demand hard decisions.
This is rock music that tells the truth on both its composer and the culture he's observing. He was born with spina bifida, for which he had corrective surgery as an infant.
Mellencamp became a father in December 1970, only six months after he graduated from high school.
His daughter, Michelle, later became a mother at age 19, making Mellencamp a grandfather at 37.
I would lie there, listening to Roxy Music, right next to the record player so I wouldn't have to get up to flip the record over. There would be four or five days like that when I would be completely gone." Upon graduating from Vincennes University in 1974, Mellencamp played in several local bands including the glitter-band Trash, which was named for a New York Dolls song, and he later got a job in Seymour installing telephones.