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John Mellencamp maintains a rebellious spirit with 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies'

John Mellencamp maintains a rebellious spirit with 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies'

At 65, John Mellencamp no longer chases drama.

“I have found that life is a big enough adventure,” he says calling from his 86-acre property in Bloomington, Ind. “Young kids go to the movies to be scared. If we were together, I’d say to you, ‘Have you seen this mole on my arm?’ That’s scary enough; I don’t need to see ‘Suicide Squad.’”

Age has a way of taming even the most rebellious spirits, and while Mellencamp remains a crusty character full of blunt proclamations and salty language, these days the self-professed homebody takes increasing comfort in the familiar. That’s why he asked his friend, Carlene Carter, to join him on his new set, “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies,”...

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