John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken Live from The Chicago Theatre ★★★

Like watching a DVD with a mandatory commentary track.  Mellencamp does stream-of-consciousness autobiography that alternates between genuine insight, muted restatement of his early-to-mid-career arrogance and pedantic defining of the difference between “artists” and “illustrators.”  Seems designed for audiences who continue to follow Mellencamp as he ceded rock stardom for becoming a respected roots/Americana figure.

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