"Trouble No More," with its focus on classic American roots music, marked an ambitious departure for John Mellencamp; this DVD splendidly documents its painstaking creative process.

"Trouble No More," with its focus on classic American roots music, marked an ambitious departure for John Mellencamp; this DVD splendidly documents its painstaking creative process. Filmed in black and white, the intimate, "inside the scenes" peek is unflinchingly honest, even showing Mellencamp's increasing irritation over session delays. But it is also a portrait of the artist's consummate professionalism, full of memorable moments like rehearsing a kazoo chorus on Howlin' Wolf's "Down in the Bottom" and researching the sources of his controversial anti-war revision of "To Washington." The program concludes compellingly with his discussion of the latest Iraq war within the context of the Vietnam era, finally attaining a sense of both self-discovery and affirmation.—JB