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This is the first biography of the unique American musician and songwriter Jonathan Richman whose career has spanned three decades. Achieving worldwide recognition for his musical commentary in the hit film There's Something About Mary, Richman had already been a pop star in the mid-1970s with hits such as 'Roadrunner' and 'Egyptian Reggae', while earlier he was a proto-punk hero with his band the Modern Lovers and associated with the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol.

Meticulously researched, with exclusive interviews with former members of his band the Modern Lovers, ex-members of the Velvet Underground and others who have known him intimately, and with detailed descriptions of concerts and recordings, this unauthorized biography gives an insight into the creative genius of one of the USA's true musical originals.


'Acutely sensitive to Richman's enduring musical charisma' – Esquire

'A heartfelt eulogy' – Mojo

'Vigorously researched... Tim Mitchell knows his subject' – Q

'Intelligent, perceptive and well written' – Richard Hell

‘Excellent’ – Northern Light Online

‘In spare, friendly prose, Mitchell... briskly walks readers through Richman’s ‘bland’ but not ‘bad’ suburban childhood around Boston, discovery of the Velvet Underground, founding and premature break-up of the Modern Lovers, love and social lives, and gleefully prolific solo career... Recommended’ – Library Journal

‘What Mitchell manages to capture is the true vision of Richman. A world generous in spirit that encompasses the modern and the arcane, played out to a heart-warming soundtrack of Danny & the Juniors, the Velvets third album, Latin crooners and twangy guitar’ – Real Groove

‘Very thorough... In particular, it clearly breaks down and describes the murky early 1970s days of the first Modern Lovers line-ups... Along the way there are some nifty stories about his fleeting interactions with the Velvet Underground, Gram Parsons... John Cale, Kim Fowley, and Patti Smith...’ – Richie Unterberger

'The best book you can imagine anyone writing about Jonathan Richman' – Record Collector

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