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 Jonathan Richman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Born to a Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts, Jonathan Richman began playing music and writing his own songs in the mid-1960s.
The album Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers was released in January 1977, Rock and Roll with the Modern Lovers followed a month later, and Modern Lovers Live in 1978.
Richman has been influential in two fields, first affecting American Punk with the work he did in the first incarnation of the Modern Lovers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jonathan_Richman   (698 words)

 Encyclopedia: Jonathan Richman
But Richman's real claim to fame is as the leader of Boston's Modern Lovers, whose single Velvet Underground-influenced studio album arguably set off the entire New Wave movement in the United States.
Richman's solo work is hit and miss, with a string of "Modern Lovers" albums that rarely deserve the title.
E-mail JA As for Richman, his 1977 debut solo album was a moderate commercial success and a definite artistic success, and since then he's put out a steady stream of albums that work with the same general formula.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Jonathan-Richman   (311 words)

 Jonathan Richman - PopMatters Concert Review
Jonathan Richman is known to be reliably uplifting in concert.
Richman renewed your faith in humanity and relief that there are people out there like him -- geeky, honest, vulnerable underdogs with a sophisticated wit who can tell us things about themselves and ourselves at the very same time.
Richman lives life in the moment, always as both a keen observer and eager participant, so naturally he saw fit to comment on our predicament inside the sauna.
www.popmatters.com /music/concerts/r/richman-jonathan-030624.shtml   (914 words)

 Salon.com People | Jonathan Richman
Magazines call Richman "eccentric," and he probably is, insofar as Frank Sinatra is eccentric against a backdrop of preadolescent rappers, boy bands and 18-year-old pop sensations dancing in soda commercials so seductively that former presidential candidates are forced to make thinly veiled allusions to their own erections.
Richman had left Boston for Berkeley's Beserkley Records, and was on the verge of disappointing people for the first of many times.
Richman says he wants his albums sold next to Maurice Chevalier's in record stores, and this might be the only rupture in his enlightenment.
archive.salon.com /people/bc/2001/09/04/richman/print.html   (2014 words)

 Precise Jonathan Richman Order   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Jonathan Richman is one of the world's greatest musicians/songwriters/composers/performers/singers etc. Along with Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, he is also one of the forefathers of punk rock music, and one of the top names in the protopunk scene of the early 1970s (hell, John Cale produced most of his first album).
Jonathan Richman is as frank and perturbed as ever, yet keeps true to his love of all things ancient as well as modern ("Old World" and "Modern World").
Jonathan half-sings, half-talks in his trademark nasal voice (his singing style had yet to develop), and the rest of the band plays the hell out of their instruments.
www.cs.ucla.edu /~kaplan/music/richman.html   (3381 words)

 Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
A cult icon who stubbornly defies everyone's expectations with every new career move, Jonathan Richman is one of the most literate and doggedly non-conformist veterans of the 70s independent rock scene.
The band's performance is extraordinarily primitive, and Richman's Lou Reed influence is so strong it verges on outright imitation ("Astral Plane";""Pablo Picasso," complete with random guitar feedback, a deliberate piano part, and brooding outsider lyrics; "She Cracked" and the taut, riffy surf-rockers "Modern World" and "Someone I Care About").
Richman mostly retreats to his demo-like production standards and archaic musical formulas, focusing more than ever on squishy romantic themes ("If She Don't Love Me") even when he's funny and introspective (the mawkish, smiley-faced anthem "Affection").
www.warr.org /richman.html   (1969 words)

 Boston Rock Storybook - Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
If it seemed to Jonathan that Gram was drowning, it may have seemed to Gram that Jonathan was a piece of solid ground amidst the human flotsam and jetsam of the LA music industry.
Jonathan was encouraged to see that Gram seemed to have turned a corner and gained the resolve to kick drugs and booze, to clean up his act and "live right".
Jonathan seems to assiduously avoid any sort of negative comments, no matter how ancient the history may be, and in fairness to him he told me many of the items quoted here in relaxed moments between two friends.
www.rockinboston.com /mlovers.htm   (3693 words)

 The Modern Lovers
Jonathan had picked up on the beauty that the Velvet's were driving at both in words and in the pure sound of their music.
Jonathan took from the Velvet Underground this idea of capturing in song a feeling of clarity or transcendence and communicating it so clearly and directly that the audience would be forced to acknowledge it, forced to feel something, if only uncomfortable.
Jonathan's songs were the product of his "love of his own loneliness", and they were the structures he built not only to express his loneliness, but ultimately to fulfill his desire to transcend this loneliness.
www.furious.com /perfect/modernlovers.html   (3519 words)

 Splendid E-zine reviews: Jonathan Richman
Wielding his guitar wantonly, Richman's exuberant confidence and undeniable honesty are his two most potent and efficacious weapons, as they are what produces the magical connection between him and his fans.
Richman's tunes evoke the emotions that produce the world's heartbreaks and heal those same viciously wounded souls.
Ric Ocasek's production is slick, yet it still places Richman in your personal space as he sings his ballads and weaves his tales of love-lost and love-not.
www.splendidezine.com /reviews/dec-7-98/jonathan.html   (201 words)

 Jonathan Richman
The last time Jonathan Richman played the TLA he coerced the entire audience to give up their reserved seats and stack them neatly in the corner so they could dance.
Richman does tell me a few things about his forthcoming album, Surrender to Jonathan — that he's added a big ol' horn section and it's filled with love songs.
Jonathan Richman at the TLA, 4th and South Sts., April 9 at 8 p.m.
www.citypaper.net /articles/040496/article047.shtml   (353 words)

 Soundbites (November 7 - November 13, 1996)
RICHMAN RETURNS: Non-Modern Lover Jonathan Richman is a 25-year veteran of the biz who long ago traded in his youthful angst for musicianship and sincerity, with nary a backward glance.
Although boasting is not at all his style, Richman lays claim to a 20-year touring schedule on par with that of the perennial Paladins', as well as a discography 20 albums strong.
Richman's last appearance at the Congress featured his vocals and guitar accompanied only by Tom Larkins on drums for the kind of stripped-down, intimate and enormously entertaining performance that's his hallmark.
www.tucsonweekly.com /tw/11-07-96/sbites.htm   (678 words)

 TrouserPress.com :: Jonathan Richman (and the Modern Lovers)
Richman's lyrical concerns are more general than in the recent past: for every "Double Chocolate Malted" (which has a strangely cranky tone to it) or "Corner Store," there are two songs (e.g., "It's You," "When I Dance," "Just About Seventeen," "This Love of Mine") that are less specific and to a degree less captivating.
Jonathan had already test-driven his multi-lingual skills on record; still, the singer's all-Spanish album is a happy conceptual surprise.
Richman live shows have long been legendary in their ability to inspire group hugs in rooms full of strangers.
www.trouserpress.com /entry.php?a=Jonathan_Richman   (1917 words)

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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.
Elsewhere, Jonathan ventures into uncharacteristically topical territory on the moving plea "Abu Jamal," and his longstanding interest in international culture manifests itself in songs sung in Italian ("Cosi Veloce," "In Che Mondo Viviamo") and French ("Les Etoiles" and "On a du Soleil").
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.
www.vaporrecords.com /catalog/a_jon_richman.html   (899 words)

 Amazon.com: You Must Ask the Heart: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Jonathan Richman deserves his due as a great pop cultural hero simply for being the original postmodern songwriter--and doing it at least a decade before we knew what that meant.
Jonathan Richman has presented himself as many things in the mood of his records and the varying subjects of his songwriting.
Jonathan Richman's biggest asset (along with his wonderfully entertaining live performances, of course) is his refreshing sound and approach to life.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000003L3?v=glance   (1267 words)

 Jonathan Richman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Jonathan Richman is undoubtedly the coolest of the uncool in popular music.
The simple songs and off beat nasal vocal tones require a lot of tender loving care before the world of Jonathan Richman appears to be a more endearing place to be than the one we are forever seeking to escape.
Jonathan Richman albums are always difficult to find in your local record shops despite the fact that many of the albums have been re-issued on other labels such as Rev Ola, Rhino and Line.
www.ready-steady-go.org.uk /JONATHAN_RICHMAN.html   (1753 words)

 Metroactive Music | Jonathan Richman
He's most often described as "quirky" or "eccentric," and not undeservedly so--John Cale once claimed Jonathan was planning to tour with a group of guys who would do nothing but stand behind him and hit rolled-up newspapers against their hands.
Jonathan is about the spirit of the music, the magic of the music.
Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins perform Dec. 7 at 9pm at the Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/11.20.03/richman-0347.html   (511 words)

 CLUAS Indie Album Reviews: Jonathan Richman 'Not So Much To Be Loved As To Love'
Where previously he played the heartbroken romantic, Richman is now clearly happy with love and life and determined to share his enthusiasm.
Most ominous of all is the concept of a Jonathan Richman political protest song.
Richman's childlike writing and delivery are ill-suited to grown-up protest; frankly, the song is an embarrassment.
www.cluas.com /music/albums/j_richman.htm   (463 words)

 MetroActive Music | Jonathan Richman
Although Richman is beloved by the Farrelly brothers--Mary's writer/directors, who also gave Richman a cameo in their previous film, Kingpin--it seemed a little odd to see Richman shining like a diamond in bodily fluids--or in the film's finale, when Richman literally takes a bullet for comedy.
Richman may be willing to experiment, but the public (and some critics) might not be quite so ready to take chances.
Richman writes his own songs, plays the guitar and has toured the nation in a four-door car that he takes turns driving with his drummer, Larkins.
www.metroactive.com /papers/cruz/12.03.98/richman-9848.html   (1103 words)

 Jonathan Richman: Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Jonathan's the type of guy who'd have serenaded the head cheerleader at two a.m.
She'd have been creeped out, and Jonathan would've inevitably been beaten bloody by her boyfriend, but once he wised up and turned his attention to the girls that are truly feverish for romance-- those geeky girls with Harlequins tucked under their mattresses-- they'd swoon to his unabashedly heartfelt and naïve yearning.
Richman's not a newcomer to the music scene by any stretch of the imagination.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/r/richman_jonathan/her-mystery.shtml   (643 words)

 “Jonathan, Jonathan? We wanna know something.”   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Jonathan Richman was one of the leading lights of the proto-punk movement.
The secret to Richman’s transition from hardcore to day care can be found in the song “Monologue about Bermuda,” from the inimitable New Englander’s terrific 1995 LP, Having a Party with Jonathan Richman.
Yet Jonathan’s wit and heart, his humorous and warm storytelling abilities, and his childlike, endearing songwriting would be lost if not for that trip to Bermuda.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/post_punk_primer/109544   (363 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Jonathan Richman - Take Me To The Plaza: DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Of all the concerts I have attended the one which was the most fun was Jonathan Richman at the Belle Angele in Edinburgh in 1996.
However, as no one else does what Jonathan Richman does nearly as well, he should be treasured for what he is, warts and all.
Richman finally succumbs to the Modern World and releases a DVD - he takes a little while to warm up with his banter, but he's off into his trade-mark dancing early on and the show is a real good one.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00013YQAQ   (966 words)

 Jonathan Richman MP3 Downloads - Jonathan Richman Music Downloads - Jonathan Richman Music Videos
Born May 15, 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts, Richman began playing guitar at the age of 15, and within a year was making his first public appearances.
In 1977, they debuted with Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, which emphasized the doo-wop flavor and wry pop melodies that remained hallmarks of Richman's career.
Richman began dipping his toes into slightly more sophisticated musical forms with 2001's Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow, which also documented his continuing interest in the Spanish language, as did 2004's Not So Much to Be Loved as to Love.
www.mp3.com /jonathan-richman/artists/4532/biography.html   (454 words)

 Jonathan Richman
Or to be more precise for the purposes of this website Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers who were unlikely punk rock influences but.
An ardent fan of the Velvet Underground (in fact he saw and hung out with them many a time) Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers perplexed and confounded alike.
Without a shadow of a doubt Jonathan Richman is an immensely talented (and slightly off the wall) singer songwriter, and who has never really had the recognition he deserved.
www.punk77.co.uk /groups/jonathanrichman.htm   (318 words)

 Amazon.ca: Action Packed Best Of [Best of]: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
When the mid-'70s Jonathan Richman traded the "snotty," Velvet Underground-tinged sensibility of the original Modern Loves for a strummed, twangy electric style and an even lighter percussion sound, he didn't give up his convictions.
Richman celebrates urban delights ("I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar," "Cappuccino Bar," "Vampire Girl"), but these tunes find him digging ranches ("Circle I") and island jaunts (an expansion of "Bermuda" includes a pointed jab at the old Lovers' "She Cracked").
Jonathan sharpened his focus and honed his craft during his time on Rounder, and this terrific selection of songs shows that.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005Y1ZJ   (1241 words)

 Entertainment Ave! The Concert Hall - A concert review of Jonathan Richman, October 3, 1996, at Lounge Ax in Chicago, ...
Now, also in my perusing around the internet I found some comments from some fans which basically said a Jonathan Richman show is funny, entertaining, and everyone who has ever gone to one switches sides from the "Jonathan who?" camp to the "Jonathan Richman - he's great" camp.
I think my first problem was that I was one of the few fans who had listened to his new CD, "Surrender to Jonathan." Good for me, but a Jonathan Richman show was as much as crowd participation as it is him up there singing.
Hence, not much on the crowd participation part and hence, Jonathan, who is seems like the kind of performer to feed off a crowd, had no one to feed off of except me and he didn't even know I was alive.
www.entertainmentavenue.com /concert_hall/reviews/r/jonathan_richman/jr100396.htm   (669 words)

 The Abominable Lesbian Vampire Cappuccino Bar in Cyberspace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Jonathan is a brilliant eclectic musician with a wide range of styles spanning folk ballads, dance music, surf, pop, country, and punk.
Jonathan's music is all about the importance of being human.
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers and Jojo and I: Some Personal Recollections by Joe Harvard courtesy Boston Rock Storybook
www.base.com /jonathan/jonathan.html   (610 words)

 :: jojoblog ::
Jonathan Richman might just be the master of laying down vocal tracks that any one on God’s green earth can sing to.
Jonathan has been a punk influence, recorded a country record and been influenced by musical forms as varied as surf, children's music, and foreign language ballads.
Jonathan had his well-known run-in with Warner Brothers early on, and has had trouble finding a label.
jojofiles.blogspot.com   (1399 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Long before he was narrating movies for the Farrelly Brothers and providing sight gags alongside Ben Stiller, Jonathon Richman was the front-man of one of the most important American proto-punk bands, The Modern Lovers.
Richman’s greatest talent lies in his ability to express the most obscure and awkward of emotions that come from being a young adult.
Jonathon Richman consistently released records after the demise of the original Modern Lovers, often keeping the band’s name.
www.nd.edu /~mindset/siouxaside/_albumreviews/m/modernlovers.html   (399 words)

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