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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
  • 7-Inch Reviews: Jonathan Richman – “O Sun” & “Keith”

    [] Sometimes a review is tough to start. I find myself sitting here trying to think of how I am going to select the right words to create an introduction to the musician or band that I would like to share with the world. I find this blog entry particularly a little more difficult to […]

  • Live Review: Jonathan Richman at Shank Hall

    [Express Milwaukee] By Evan Rytlewski In the pantheon of musicians whose artistic legacies hinge almost entirely on just one album, Jonathan Richman is right up there with The Violent Femmes. Richman’s self-titled 1976 debut with The Modern Lovers is one of the great records of its era (or any era, really), an open-hearted celebration of […]

  • Jonathan Richman’s lyrics for “That Summer Feeling” are American Songwriter Magazine’s Lyrics of The Week!

    [American Songwriter] June 9, 2013 By Jim Beviglia The most popular summer songs tend to be about cars and sunshine and sweet romances, all things designed to makes us feel nostalgic and joyful when we hear them booming out of a stereo system. Yet Jonathan Richman has always looked at taken-for-granted subjects in a slightly […]

  • 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 […]

  • A charming, disarming, hope-filled minstrel

    [Philadelphia Inquirer] By Jonathan Valania If Jonathan Richman didn’t already exist, we would never have thought to invent him, which is a testament to his originality and to the shortcomings of our collective imagination. For more than 35 years, Richman has been a tireless advocate of hopeful romanticism, rugged individualism, and unyielding optimism, traveling the […]

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