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Did Mellencamp give up drinking after a bar fight? Was he a hippie? Take this Fact or Fiction to find out.

John Mellencamp rarely gives interviews. Like Ritchie Blackmore, his unfiltered honestly doesn't suit him to the form and doesn't get his point across. Best if he can just talk. Better if he does it over his music.

That's what happens on Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre, a DVD/CD/Blu-ray where he gives running commentary over his own performance. It's more revealing than anything we've heard from him, and quite soothing once you get used to his disembodied voice telling stories while he's singing on the screen (for those who don't like multitasking, the commentary can be turned off). We found it fascinating enough to warrant a Fact or Fiction. Take a crack at it, and see what you really know about the mysterious Mr. Mellencamp.

John Mellencamp Songfacts
photo: Harry Sandler
May 6, 2018

    About the Author:

    Carl WiserCarl was a disc jockey in Hartford, Connecticut when he founded Songfacts as a way to tell the stories behind the songs. You can also find him on Rock's Backpages.More from Carl Wiser
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Comments: 2

Can't believe how many I got wrong. It is true, you can't believe everything you read on the internet (who would have thought? ;) )Brian from Warrington, Pa
I like John(ny) Cougar (Mellencamp) just as much as anyone else. But, I totally bombed this quiz.Shawn from Maryland
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