Rocker John Mellencamp
talks about his
"Homeward Bound: John Mellencamp" premieres Thursday at 9 p.m.
The 90-minute program
includes interviews with the
In an interview for the program, the 57-year-old Mellencamp says a former manager insisted that he take the stage name of "Johnny Cougar" before allowing him to record. Mellencamp eventually
dropped that stage name.
A 60-minute version of the program is also expected to be broadcast on the A&E cable channel.
Mellencamp is known for
songs extolling the heartland such as "Jack and Diane" and "