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John Cougar Mellencamp: Radio City Music Hall, New York

David A. Keeps, New Musical Express, 4 August 1984

JOHN COUGAR Mellencamp has a big old heart and one helluva nerve. First he has his buddy (and band hairdresser) warm up the crowd with some solid billy rock and then sends his own combo onstage in dinner jackets. That's a real hoot coming from a so-called poet of the heartlands, but that's the way this blue collar balladeer likes his contradictions.

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