The documentary special "Homeward Bound: John Mellencamp" will debut at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CT Dec. 11, 2008, on the BIO Channel.
The 90-minute special shows how Mellencamp’s music developed out of his roots in Seymour, Ind. The film shows the people who inspired his music and covers his early career high — and low — points. It features archival footage, personal photos and interviews with childhood friends, band members and other key people in his life. It also includes concert performances of several songs, including cuts from John’s new album, Life Death Love and Freedom, whcih earned the #5 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of Top Albums of 2008.
According to producer Anthony Uro, the documentary “really gives viewers an in-depth look at the John Mellencamp most people don’t see, because it’s not only about John the successful rock star. It also paints a very detailed picture of John’s early life and career before he was famous, and the people, places and events that shaped him as a person and as an artist.”
While the special ends with Mellencamp’s extensively-covered intimate concert at the Crump Theater in Columbus, Ind., Uro is most excited about Mellencamp’s commentary in “Homeward Bound.”