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Jonathan Richman

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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....
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Modern Lovers
Get Back
1976

Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
Get Back
1977

Rock 'N' Roll with the Modern Lovers...
Beserkley
1977

Live
Wooded Hill
1977

Back in Your Life
Wooded Hill
1979

Jonathan Sings
Warner Bros.
1983

Rockin' & Romance
Twin/Tone
1985

It's Time for Jonathan Richman
Upside
1986

Modern Lovers 88
Rounder
1988

Jonathan Richman
Rounder
1989

Jonathan Goes Country
Rounder
1990

Having a Party with Jonathan Richman
Rounder
1991

I, Jonathan
Rounder
1992

Jonathan, Te Vas a Emocionar!
Rounder
1994

You Must Ask the Heart
Rounder
1995

Surrender to Jonathan
Vapor Records
1996

Live at the Long Branch & More
Last Call
1998

I'm So Confused
Vapor Records
1998

Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow
Vapor Records
2001

Not So Much to Be Loved as to Love
Vapor Records/Sanctuary
2004

Revolution Summer Soundtrack
Vapor Records
2007

Because Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild
Vapor Records
2008

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