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Here is the beginning of Mellencamp's bio at Rolling Stone:

John Mellencamp started as the walking embodiment of heartland rock — the passionate, plain-spoken, and extremely popular Eighties branch of singer-songwriters — scoring early hits that showcased a Hoosier mise en scene of pink houses, chili dogs, and bloodied plows. However, Mellencamp continued to grow artistically well beyond his commercial peak, earning praise from critics and racking up a formidable list of Top 40 hits along the way.  Continue Reading...

Originally posted to cweinsch on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:49 AM PST.

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