Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed; he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundations Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award and Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and more recently, the Founders Award, the top honor assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world.
Though Alvin Miller died in 2012, Peter Miller shared the album’s songs with his grandmother, who said the songs accurately described their relationship, according to NPR.
"She listened through to the whole thing," Peter Miller said to NPR.
In 1985, Mellencamp, together with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, created Farm Aid.
The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years.
The song focuses on the Black Lives Matter movement as well as gun violence in America.
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The video's release occurred on the eve of the inauguration.According to NPR, Miller’s latest album “Picture (Portrait)” was inspired by 350 letters his grandfather, Alvin Miller, sent to his grandmother when he was away during World War II.The letters shed a light on the relationship the two shared.John also wrote the title song for the upcoming film, The Yellow Birds, an American war film directed by Alexandre Moors and based on the novel The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers.The film stars Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston, and Toni Collette.John Mellencamp continues to live and work in Bloomington, Indiana.