Jonathan Richman (born May 16, 1951), musician, is an American proto-punk icon and one of the progenitors of "indie rock." He is known for his wide-eyed, near-childlike lyrical outlook, and music that, while typically rooted in 50's rock and roll structures, can be wildly eclectic.
Born to a Jewish family in Natick, Massachusetts, Richman began playing music and writing his own songs in the mid-1960s. In 1969 he moved to New York City, where he spent time living on the couch of The Velvet Underground's manager and working odd jobs while trying to break in as a professional musician. Failing at this, he returned to Boston. Having moved back, he formed The Modern Lovers, a proto-punk garage rock band. Other notable members of the group were keyboard player Jerry Harrison and drummer David Robinson, who later joined Talking Heads and The Cars, respectively. In 1972 they recorded a series of demos with producers such as Kim Fowley and John Cale. Among these songs was the seminal "Roadrunner," which were eventually released on the group's lone and posthumous album, Modern Lovers, in 1976.
Shortly after these recordin...
|Origin||Natick, Massachusetts USA|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist|