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Music, Hear This Jonathan Richman: Show Preview

Jonathan Richman: Show Preview

Jonathan Richman created the Modern Lovers, a band inspired by the Velvet Underground, in 1970. Before their long-awaited album (produced by John Cale) was released, Richman had already moved on. Disillusioned by the negativity he heard in rock music, he…
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Music, All Shook Down Rare Interview: Jonathan Richman Corresponds With Us About the Internet, Air Conditioning, and Being a Punk Godfather

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

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…
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Music, Hear This Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman is one of the most enigmatic American performers of the rock 'n' roll era, both in spite of and because of his devotion to simplicity. Even when Richman was bashing out three-minute proto-punk with the Modern Lovers, there…
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Something About Jonathan

Relentless teen-ager Jonathan Richman looks old. At 47, he's still got the thin hips and short, curly hair he had as an impish rocker in the early 1970s. But now his face is a little leathery, his cheeks are rough…
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Genuine Artlessness

Rock 'n' roll's eternal adolescent, Jonathan Richman, is just a few birthdays shy of 50. The skinny teen who invented "geek rock" during the height of hippie chic, the excitable man-child who refused to let his youth go to waste…
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