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Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman has been writing music, recording and touring for most of his life, gathering the loyalty of fans and fellow artists with his warmth, humor and insightful lyrics. In the early 1970s he formed the Modern Lovers, a major progenitor of punk music. Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand and other popular bands in Tucson, Arizona. Jonathan and Tommy continue to record, write music together and tour across the US. Tommy’s drumming along with Jonathan’s guitar and singing create a live experience that is hard to forget.

“I’ve seen Jonathan and Tommy play live many times over the years and their shows genuinely make the world seem like a better place; a feeling that lingers long after the duration of the show. It’s always a thrill to watch them perform.” -long time fan

“Playing shows and making records keeps getting easier and more fun,” Jonathan states, adding, “…me and Tommy play totally different than we played two years ago. We already play a different style than we played on that live DVD, and the way we played then was totally different from the way we played three years before that. I still feel like we’re just starting out, and I still learn new stuff every night.” -Jonathan

Recent recordings:

KEITH bw DOOR TO BOHEMIA 7 inch Blue Arrow Records 2015
O’SUN bw WAIT WAIT 7 inch Blue Arrow Records 2015

(Please note that Jonathan Richman does not participate in the internet on any level.)

Videos & Press
  • Jonathan Richman Threw a Party at the Great Hall

    [Now Toronto] The former Modern Lover’s show included a juggler, lots of charisma, and life lessons in song By Sarah Greene A Jonathan Richman show should feel like a municipal holiday, an excuse for kids of all ages to party. Last night at his sold-out show at the Great Hall, it was – evidenced in […]

  • We Tried to Chat With Pop-Rock God Jonathan Richman, But He Sent Us a Letter Instead

    [Village Voice] There’s a simplicity and ease to Jonathan Richman — Modern Lovers founder and frontman and overall pop-rock purveyor — that borders on enigmatic. This applies not only to his quirky, whimsical musical worldview, but also to the man himself. Even at 64, Richman exudes an air of boyish wonderment that cannot be fatigued. […]

  • WYEP’s Interview With Jonathan Richman

    [] WYEP’s Brian Siewiorek talks with Jonathan Richman before next week’s performance at the Andy Warhol Museum. Richman discusses his time hanging out with Warhol and The Velvet Underground in the 60’s, he also talks about his punk rock legacy. Additionally, Richman discusses his forthcoming album, and we’ll hear some of his new music. Listen […]

  • Rare Interview: Jonathan Richman Corresponds With Us About the Internet, Air Conditioning, and Being a Punk Godfather

    [SF Weekly] By Emma Silvers Wed., Jun. 27 2012 Like so many Jonathan Richman devotees, we first fell for the lanky singer-songwriter after hearing the Modern Lovers’ homage to the Velvet Underground, “Roadrunner.” From the nasally, gleeful count-off to the plaintive “Come on you girls of modern rock ‘n’ roll!” (What? What do you need? […]

  • Dean Wareham: My Jonathan Richman Romance

    [] Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 Over three decades, the legendary musician has taught me to listen to the pauses — and my inner kid By Dean Wareham It’s easy enough to foist your music collection on your kids. Lectures are not required; you just play the stuff while they are prisoner in the backseat on […]

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