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« on: June 05, 2012, 04:03:04 pm »

JOHN TO RECEIVE THE JOHN STEINBECK AWARD
For the first time since Joan Baez in 2003, a musician will receive the prestigious John Steinbeck Award, "in the souls of the people." On Monday, July 30th, at the historic California Theatre in San Jose, CA, Thomas Steinbeck will present the John Steinbeck Award to singer/songwriter/activist John Mellencamp. "A Conversation and Special Performance" will include a talk with Mellencamp, moderated by Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, and musical performance from Mellencamp.

Upon receiving the John Steinbeck Award, Mellencamp will have his name further linked to that of the legendary Baez on a select list of two as the only recipients of both the Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie awards. Mellencamp received the Guthrie award in 2003.

The John Steinbeck Award has been called "a beacon for the left" and its list of recipients "a who's who of disturbers." Previous recipients of the John Steinbeck Award are: Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, Studs Terkel, Dolores Huerta, John Sayles, Jackson Browne, Garrison Keillor, Joan Baez, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, and Rachel Maddow.

Of John Mellencamp, Thomas Steinbeck, noted author and the surviving son of John Steinbeck, said: "My father always carried a deep and profound respect for songwriters and musicians. He felt they were the voice of the people and had the unique opportunity to reach the very souls of the people. Like Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, and a handful of others, John Mellencamp has done just that. He has spent his life serving as a voice for the people.

"John's 40-year career makes one marvel. As an artist, John Mellencamp has been a superb singer-songwriter-storyteller; as an exemplary activist, and as a creator and longtime champion of Farm Aid, he has maintained the true spirit of John Steinbeck's compassion for the worker. Without question, John Mellencamp has earned the John Steinbeck Award, and it will be my great pleasure to present it to him."

John commented, "John Steinbeck's remarkable ability to give voice to the common man and to people on society's margins, to describe their plight and aspirations, continues to inspire us more than a century after his birth. I'm very honored to be the recipient of an award given in his name." Click HERE to read the complete press release.

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STEINBECK TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY
Tickets to the Steinbeck Award event and special performance go on sale via TicketMaster on Friday, June 8th at 10 AM local. There may be a pre sale opportunity for Mellencamp.com Newsletter Subscribers, please watch Mellencamp.com's TOUR page for updates. Tickets will range from $55 to $100. 

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IT'S ABOUT YOU - OUT TODAY ON BLU-RAY & DVD!
Mellencamp is captured on film as he creates one of his most acclaimed records, No Better Than This, by going back to the source of the sound he loves. The film includes live footage from his tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson from the same summer as the creation of the album. It's About You, comes to high-definition, audio-enhanced Blu-ray and DVD available now from MPI Home video via the Mellencamp.com Store. Click HERE to read the full MPI Press Release  You can also catch the film on Showtime in May & June. Click HERE for airtimes.

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IT'S ABOUT YOU -  PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY!
Seven lucky winners will receive a copy of John Mellencamp, Itís About You A Film By Kurt and Ian Markus DVD, a No Better Than This T-shirt, an It's About You exclusive Autographed Poster and the No Better Than This CD!
Step 1:
Put "I want an It's About You prize pack" in your facebook status.
Step 2: Once you update your status with "I want an It's About Your prize pack" reply  -"No Better Than This" to the contest thread on John's facebook page.

IT'S THAT EASY!

Via lottery, winners will be selected by end of the day on Monday, June 18th, 2012 with the winners being announced on Tuesday, June 19th.

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LAST WEEK - CATALOG AVAILABLE - TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM NOTHING LIKE I PLANNED THE ART OF JOHN MELLENCAMP
The paintings of John Mellencamp are featured in his first museum exhibition, Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp, open now running through  June 10, 2012 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. The exhibition offers 52 paintings, spanning four decades of efforts including numerous pieces that have never been exhibited previously. The showing is free to the public.

Visit the Mellencamp.com NEWS page to read several articles written about the exhibition, and read some enlightening interviews with discussions and Q & A's from John about the exhibit at  Rolling Stone, ArtInfo, and Nashville ArtSceneClick HERE to purchase the newly released catalog from the exhibit. (cover image and details below).

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PREMIUM TICKET PACKAGES SALES ENDING - TOUR STARTS IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!
 John's Canadian tour starts in just under two weeks! Don't miss your chance to see John on his great No Better Than This Tour. Each Canadian concert features No Better Than This Tour Premium Ticket Packages. Each package includes a premium ticket in the first 10 rows along with an impressive set of exclusive, and collectible, Mellencamp items! Sales end two weeks before each show date. There are only a few seats left, so be sure to act quickly!

No Better Than This Tour Premium Ticket Package Details
Package includes:
* One reserved ticket located in the first 10 rows of the stage
* Specially designed tour shirt
* Collectible tour poster (limited, numbered)
* Limited edition vinyl copy of John Mellencampís album No Better Than This
* Commemorative tour laminate
* Early entry into venue
* Crowd-free merchandise shopping
* On-site host

>> LEARN MORE ABOUT PREMIUM TICKET PACKAGES <<

 

Nothing Like I Planned - The Art of John Mellencamp - The Catalog
The paintings of John Mellencamp that are currently being featured in his first museum exhibition, "Nothing Like I Planned" at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. This catalog of the exhibition contains 49 paintings, spanning four decades of output. This fully illustrated color book contains an essay by nationally-known art writer, Hilarie M Sheets. Visit the store today!

 
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2012, 07:50:46 pm »

This is totally cool! Congrats to John! He deserves it.

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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 11:00:42 pm »

The art book is only $20 if you buy it from the Tennessee State Museum itself. You can save 50% that way. Just a little money-saving tip.
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 11:09:01 pm »

Awards are good. Very good Grin
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2012, 08:36:14 am »

The art book is only $20 if you buy it from the Tennessee State Museum itself. You can save 50% that way. Just a little money-saving tip.


Walktall is there a link to order the book from the museum? I cannot find it.
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2012, 09:27:47 am »

Call the museum at 800-407-4324 and they'll tell you how to order it.
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2012, 11:00:33 am »

Cool, thanks Walktall. Once again your totally awesome.  Wink
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