Farm Aid, rock 'n' roll and avoiding LA: How John Mellencamp became the ultimate Midwestern musician

Omaha.com - 04-14

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Johnny Cash called him one of the best songwriters of all time. Bob Dylan counts his output among the best around. Today’s country stars worship his brand of heartland rock. John Mellencamp is adored by some of the music industry’s best and by fans who still pay to put “Jack & Diane” on the jukebox or crank up “Play Guitar” whenever it comes on the radio.