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JOHN MELLENCAMP Retrospective On 30th Anniversary Of 'Scarecrow'

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Dallas, TX - Nov 12, 2015.  InTheStudio.Net, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 30th anniversary of John Mellencamp's Scarecrow  album with a look back at the many revealing interviews conducted with John over nearly a decade for InTheStudio.
John Mellencamp Scarecrow released this week in 1985 was loaded with hits including 'Small Town', 'Lonely Ol' Night' and 'R.O.C.K. in the USA'. His list of Top 20 hits is so extensive it required the double-disc Words and Music compilation to fit them all.  Scarecrow revealed some of the best of John's songcraft. 'Minutes to Memories' has cinematic characters with dialogue to rival any Larry McMurtry novel; 'Between a Laugh and a Tear' is an under-appreciated gem featuring Rickie Lee Jones harmonizing on the choruses; and the driving 'Rain on the Scarecrow' pelted the public apathy toward the disappearing family farmer, providing a spark to ignite the Farm Aid effort with Neil Young and Willie Nelson.  All of the promise of the American Dream, and the contradictions, are evident in the gutcheck of the rural North American parallel universe in this revealing series of interviews.
'People think I'm the keeper of the small town. And everybody thought 'Well hell this guy is really all about small towns.' I'm not really. I wrote one song.'  - John Mellencamp
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