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    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)

    On March 28, John Mellencamp will sit down at the 92nd Street Y for an intimate conversation with Rolling Stone Senior Writer David Fricke. The pair have plenty of history: Fricke wrote the very first RS cover story on the musician in 1986, and most recently spent some time with Mellencamp at Memphis’ Sun Studios to report on his work on the 2010 album No Better Than This. Talking points will likely include:

    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. 

    And will probably not cover the whole dating-Meg Ryan-issue or the recently-announced split from his supermodel wife of nearly 20 years. 

    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.

    --EB