Born: May 16, 1951 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. He's revered by countless fellow artists, and has built a remarkably loyal international audience through his tireless touring. His deceptively straightforward songs embody timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor, untainted by cynicism or transient notions of hipness.
The records that Jonathan Richman has made over the past 30 years have long held a special place in the hearts of his fans. He began playing guitar at the age of 15, and in the early 1970s formed the Modern Lovers, whose raw, minimalist sound and emotionally forthright songs helped to lay the groundwork for punk rock. But by the time the group's landmark debut album (including the much-covered Road Runner, a Top Five single in Europe) was released in 1976, Jonathan had already moved on to a quieter sound and a gentler lyrical focus. Since then, he's continued to record and tour prolifically, first with a series of Modern Lovers lineups, later on his own, and eventually as a duo with drummer Tommy Larkins. Over the years, Jonathan's music has absorbed a multitude of influences, from doo-wop to country to a variety of international styles, without sacrificing the artist's effervescent personality....
Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
Rock 'N' Roll with the Modern Lovers...
Back in Your Life
Rockin' & Romance
It's Time for Jonathan Richman
Modern Lovers 88
Jonathan Goes Country
Having a Party with Jonathan Richman
Jonathan, Te Vas a Emocionar!
You Must Ask the Heart
Surrender to Jonathan
Live at the Long Branch & More
I'm So Confused
Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow
Not So Much to Be Loved as to Love
Revolution Summer Soundtrack
Because Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild
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