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John Mellencamp

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Essential Indiana Songs, Vol. 1

The first in a series of volumes that examines songs by Hoosiers.

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Double Take: Homes With Indianapolis History

A Hoosier rocker’s condo and a sweet cottage with exquisite moldings both come loaded with lore.

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Roadtrips: Catch These Exhibits While You Can

The combination of kids and museums can be a joyous exploration of discovery for young and old—or a whiny, toxic mix that will ruin a family weekend away. Save yourself the angst and head to one of these exhibits before they close. There’s bound to be something here to engage your offspring. Just don’t hang […]

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Lily & Madeleine Talk Touring With Mellencamp

“I’ve learned that you can pretty much do anything if you keep an open mind and ask questions,” says Madeleine Jurkiewicz. “Like, Lily and I have no freaking idea how to do this massive amphitheater tour with John Mellencamp. We’ve never done something as big as this. But we just show up, and do the best work that we can possibly do, and ask questions, and that’s gotten us pretty far.”

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Axl Rose: “I’m a %[email protected]# Hoosier rocker, too!”

“He was angry and hurt that his home state had not embraced him,” says IU rock professor Glenn Gass.

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Caught in the Middle: What Is Indiana’s Brand?

Starting now, Hoosiers will mark two centuries of Indiana history with a yearlong party. But what, exactly, are we commemorating?

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Indiana’s Playlist and Jukebox Heroes

Listen along as we explore the greatest musicians Indiana has produced. From deep cuts to chart topping hits, Indiana can hold its own with anyone in the music biz.

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Three Hoosier Connections to Taylor Swift

She could be related to John Mellencamp.

August 2015 Cover
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Editor’s Note, August 2015: Your Guide to Eating Homegrown

I seem to like John Mellencamp more than native Hoosiers do—or at least have a much less complicated relationship with him.

Mellencamp in 1980
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John Mellencamp’s 10 Greatest Indiana Shows

Here are our choices, presented in chronological order because we can’t really rank them. Well, except for maybe that one.

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John Mellencamp’s Most Popular Clips

Couldn’t make it to all of John Mellencamp’s greatest concerts? We’ve got you covered.

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Goodbye, David Letterman: An Oral History

An oral history of the funniest guy ever to call Indy home.

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Review: John Mellencamp's New Album, Plain Spoken

It has been a rough few years for the guy who once called himself (albeit ironically) “Mr. Happy Go Lucky.” But as usual, Mellencamp has turned that sorrow into great music.

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The New Hoosier Playlist: Songs About Indiana

“Honest to Goodness.” So quaint! That motto, chosen by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (a.k.a. Visit Indiana) to attract outsiders to the Hoosier State, received mixed reactions online shortly after its debut. Even so, the IOTD puts a positive spin on the phrase, with popular singer-songwriter and Indiana son Jon McLaughlin coming alongside to […]

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Our Top 10 Stories of 2013

Including one of Indiana’s biggest cons, a complicated woman in her final days, a reality-TV hilljack, the crafty governor-elect, a big-deal farmer, the coupling of an actress and a corn-fed rocker, and more.