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Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman has been playing music, recording and touring for most of his life. Jonathan and his drummer Tommy Larkins win fans wherever they play. In the early 1970s, Jonathan formed the noted band The Modern Lovers. Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand and other popular bands in Tucson, Arizona.

Recent recordings:
KEITH bw DOOR TO BOHEMIA 7 inch Blue Arrow Records 2015
O’SUN bw WAIT WAIT 7 inch Blue Arrow Records 2015
ISHKODE! ISHKODE! LP Blue Arrow Records 2016

Videos & Press
  • Muses: Jonathan Richman on Vermeer, Monet, and Custom Chords for Matisse

    [ARTnews] By The Editors of ARTnews Jonathan Richman came up as a songwriter in the 1970s and has been noted for his love of art. In both his solo work and with his band the Modern Lovers, he has cited artists he reveres—e.g., in the Modern Lovers’ “Girlfriend”: “If I were to walk to the […]

  • Jonathan Richman Brims With Local Memories at the Middle East

    [Boston Globe] By Rebecca Ostriker Jonathan Richman remembers being 16 and standing in Harvard Square, a portfolio of “pretentious artwork” in his hand. He misses Schoenhof’s Foreign Books, which closed the doors of its Cambridge shop last year — his “favorite bookstore,” the singer says, where he collected Italian adjectives and idiomatic expressions for a […]

  • Having a Party With Jonathan Richman

    [Nashville Scene] An expert’s guide to enjoying one of rock’s great enigmas By Sean L. Maloney You’d think, by now, that I’d have run out of things to say about proto-punk prophet and great American troubadour Jonathan Richman. But nope. After my contribution of half a dozen articles of varying length and style, as well […]

  • PopMatters’ The Best Indie Pop of 2016 – Jonathan Richman at #2!

    [Pop Matters] 2 Jonathan Richman Ishkode! Ishkode! At the point in his career where the attention he gets is mainly from longtime superfans, Jonathan Richman remains on a genuinely independent path, stubbornly so. His latest is countercultural, in that you won’t find it on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, et al., but you can buy it directly […]

  • 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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