HomeRockJohn Mellencamp: Pink Houses and R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. Carl January 2, 2013 Rock Here is the beginning of Mellencamp’s bio at Rolling Stone: John Mellencamp started as the walking embodiment of heartland rock — the passionate, plain-spoken, and extremely popular Eighties branch of singer-songwriters — scoring early hits that showcased a Hoosier mise en scene of pink houses, chili dogs, and bloodied plows. However, Mellencamp continued to grow artistically well beyond his commercial peak, earning praise from critics and racking up a formidable list of Top 40 hits along the way. Continue Reading… NPR did an in-depth interview with Mellancamp last year. His website is here.