INDIANAPOLIS, IN- MAY 03: Singer John Mellencamp plays a song before Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) takes the stage during a campaign event on the lawn at White River State Park May 3, 2008, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sen. Barack Obama, (D-IL) and Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) hope to win the state on May 6 as the Democrats battle for their parties' presidential nomination. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
1) the album itself, produced by T-Bone Burnett and recorded on a 55 year-old mono tape recorder with a single microphone at three historic locations in the American south: Sun, but also the First Baptist Church in Savannah, and Room 414 of San Antonio's Gunter Hotel where blues icon Robert Johnson recorded more than 70 years before,
2) Mellencamp’s social activism, which memorably helped galvanize the Farm Aid movement, and
3) other random Mellencampia. Like, did you know he painted? Yup. He’s even had a joint showing with Miles Davis, which is unquestionably the only time those two musicians have ever been mentioned in the same press release.
An Evening with John Mellencamp in Conversation with Rolling Stone Senior Writer David Fricke. Monday, March 28, 8PM. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue; 212-415-5500. Tickets: $35 premium orchestra / $29 regular orchestra, available at www.92Y.org.