Pick of the Day: John Mellancamp

When this Indiana-based roots rocker first broke big in the late ’70s  he was known as Johnny/John Cougar. In the early ’80s he became John Cougar Mellancamp.  Now, he’s John Mellancamp.

Mellancamp’s a little too “American heartland” for my taste. Myth has a strong hold on the American psyche. And anything that offers an overly romantic portrait of the U.S. at present I’m wary of. But Mellancamp’s songs do have valid social commentary. It’s not like he’s Toby Keith. So I imagine his show tonight at Conexus Arts Centre would be one worth seeing.

There’s a documentary on Mellancamp at 7 p.m., and the concert follows at 8:20 p.m. Tickets range from $46.50-$130.

To close, here’s the video of one of his first hits as Johnny Cougar “Hurts So Good”.

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2 thoughts on “Pick of the Day: John Mellancamp”

  1. This is much better Mellencamp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhTxL4FzP-Y

    Mellencamp has always been known for promoting a strong social conscience thru his pop music. Ahhh…remember that thing, a “social conscience”? Once upon a time…

    As for this show, it’s about time! The longest-running promotion ever.

  2. I didn’t catch it myself, but he showed an hour long documentary about Amnesty International before he played any music tonight, and will do the same thing tomorrow night.

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