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Mellencamp is a smart guy.

I grew up in Kansas, so I've been keenly aware of the values and plight of the farmers all my life.

I was a fan of his before he got "famous" and watched as he became a celebrity instead of a musician.

I watched as his Farm Aid work turned into Socialist activism.

 

I finally heard enough of his sh!t in the nineties, and he was one of the key musicians that made me snap.

I've boycotted him, Raitt, Springsteen, Browne, Fogerty, Henley, REO and the others who forgot where they came from.

 

I stopped buying their music and refuse to attend their shows.

They will not be empowered with MY dollars to say the stupid sh!t they say.

 

Still, I admit he's a smart guy and I loved his early music.

Human Wheels is the last thing I bought from him. So it remains.

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Meh...I don't think Mellancamp is all that smart and I really don't care what he says or thinks...I stopped listening to his music after David Grissom stopped playing guitar for him...

Yeah, then I met Grissom at a Storyville show.

What a great bunch of guys, except for Grissom - he was a colossal ***.

Double disappointment.

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HE makes some good points, but he's not right on the mark. Record Companies have definitley lost focus. They would rather sell to the largest demographic than all the demographics. The problem with that approach is you end up Flooding the largest Demographic and starving the rest. The rest ,of course, make up a larger peice of the pie than the one Demographic thats over targeted.

 

Music is art, not a Numbers Game. The record companies treat their product like it's just one of the things you buy in Walmart.

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I stopped listening to his music after David Grissom stopped playing guitar for him...

 

+1 on that. The only Mellencamp I ever liked was with Grissom - what a great guitar player. I don't listen to (or not listen to) a musician based on his or her politics. I base that decision only his or her music, and Grissom made Mellencamp's music much more enjoyable for me!

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