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American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor

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John Mellencamp, previously known by the stage names Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock that eschews synthesizers and other artificial sounds in favor of organic instrumentation. He has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and 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, and he has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning one. His latest album, No Better Than This, was released on Aug. 17, 2010.

John Mellencamp Info

Date of BirthOctober 7, 1951
Place of BirthSeymour, Indiana, U.S.
OccupationsMusician, singer-songwriter
GenresRock, heartland rock, roots rock, folk
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active1976–present
LabelsMCA, Riva, Mercury, Columbia, Island, Universal Republic Records, Hear Music
Associated actsCrepe Soul, Trash, Mason Brothers, Mitch Ryder, James McMurtry, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Chuck D, India.Arie, Trisha Yearwood, Little Big Town, Joan Baez
Other Names / Nick NamesJohnny Cougar, John Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp
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 I think the internet is the most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb. It’s destroyed the music business. It’s going to destroy the movie business. 
— John Mellencamp is not a fan of Internet / August 19, 2010
 I listened to a Beatles track on a CD and then on an iPod, and you could barely even recognize it as the same song. You could tell it was those guys singing, but the warmth and quality of what the artist intended for us to hear was so vastly different. 
— John Mellencamp thinks Internet is worse than Atom Bomb / August 19, 2010
 After a few generations, it’s gon. Rock ‘n’ roll — as important as we think it is, and as big as it was, and as much money as people made on it, and as proud as I am to say that I was part of it — at the end of the day, they’re gonna say: ‘Yeah, there was this band called the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, and this guy named Bob Dylan…’ And the rest of us? We’re just gonna be footnotes. And I think that that’s OK. I’m happy to have spent my life doing what I wanted to do, playing music, make something out of life, but forgetting about the idea of legacy. 
— John Mellencamp thinks Internet is worse than Atom Bomb / August 19, 2010



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