The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

John Mellencamp

Induction category: Performer


John Mellencamp (vocals, guitar; born October 7, 1951) John Mellencamp is a pure product of middle America. Through a combination of talent, vision and stubborn determination he became an authoritative rocker and adroit storyteller. His best songs – including “Pink Houses,” “Small Town” and “Rain on the Scarecrow” - symbolize the hopes, fears and basic decency of America’s heartland. He also has captured rock’s feisty, independent spirit and dogged pursuit of good times on such numbers as “Crumbling Down,” “Authority Song” and “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” Mellencamp’s music is fundamentally rooted in American music, especially the feisty garage-rock, raw-voiced soul ...

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