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“Mellencamp has suffered for his stance. When he released the unambiguously anti-Bush song To Washington in 2003, things got nasty in the small town in Indiana where he lives with his third wife and their two sons.
“People turned on me,” the singer says. “The police had to show up at my kids’ school and stand guard when they were outside, because the school had gotten threats. I don’t think they’d do that today, but back then it wasn’t long after 9/11, and people were bloodthirsty.” His new record, a haunting 14-song set, produced by T-Bone Burnett, that looks unblinkingly at the concepts and realities listed in its title, could not, with the world’s financial system going to the brink, have been better timed — and Mellencamp, unlike Fall Out Boy, is happy for it to be seen that way. ” Dan Cairns October 19, 2008

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