There's Something About Jonathan: Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

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Cited as a major influence by people as diverse as the Sex Pistols, REM, Cornershop and Pulp, Jonathan Richman is a seminal musician whose career has spanned three decades, from the Warhol scene in the 1960s to movie stardom in the 1990s.'

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Although Richman's musical narrations in There's Something About Mary finally earned him commercial success in America, the founder of the protopunk Modern Lovers remains a kinder-cult figure. In spare, friendly prose, Mitchell, a British writer and musician, briskly walks readers through Richman's " 'bland' but not 'bad' " suburban childhood around Boston, discovery of the Velvet Underground, founding and premature breakup of the Modern Lovers, love and social lives, and gleefully prolific solo career. Although Richman politely declined to cooperate, his rebelliousness (e.g., he chose vitality over volume) and eternal sonic youth come through, probably because Mitchell saw Richman live--his favorite state of mind--many times. For music buffs who doubt Richman's influence on the Sex Pistols, Mitchell got testimony from original bassist Glen Matlock. This solid but frustratingly brief study is perfect for a three- to four-hour road trip. Recommended, as this is the only study available on Richman in the States.
-Heather McCormack, "Library Journal"
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