John Mellencamp Wants to Make Great Albums, Not Hit Songs

At 70, the singer-songwriter is creating music without compromise.

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1/22/2022 6:45:00 AM

John Mellencamp 's drive to write hit records ended long ago, and he’s now making quirkier, more personal music. At 70, the singer-songwriter is looking back on life in a new album steeped in folk and blues.

At 70, the singer-songwriter is creating music without compromise.

Jan. 21, 2022 12:26 pm ETJohn Mellencamp doesn’t much care what you think about him. “I just don’t give a f—,” he says. ”I never did look for acceptance—from my parents, from my teachers, from my record company.” He single-mindedly pursues whatever he thinks is right: “You do not want to argue with me,” he says.

That rebellious streak has probably been Mr. Mellencamp’s greatest strength, the core of his approach to life and music. For one thing, it helps to explain why, as he says, “I still make albums, even though there’s not a lot of demand for albums in today’s singles world.”

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Alan Paul Jan. 21, 2022 12:26 pm ET John Mellencamp doesn’t much care what you think about him. “I just don’t give a f—,” he says. ”I never did look for acceptance—from my parents, from my teachers, from my record company.” He single-mindedly pursues whatever he thinks is right: “You do not want to argue with me,” he says. That rebellious streak has probably been Mr. Mellencamp’s greatest strength, the core of his approach to life and music. For one thing, it helps to explain why, as he says, “I still make albums, even though there’s not a lot of demand for albums in today’s singles world.” To Read the Full Story