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Birth Place: Natick, Massachusetts, USA
Years Active: 1970-1974, 1976-1988 (as Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers)
Genres: Rock, Protopunk, Garage Rock

The Modern Lovers were an American rock band led by Jonathan Richman in the 1970s and 1980s. The original band existed from 1970–74 but their recordings were not released until 1976 or later. It featured Richman and bassist Ernie Brooks with drummer David Robinson (later of The Cars) and keyboardist Jerry Harrison (later of Talking Heads). The sound of the band owed a great deal to the influence of The Velvet Underground, and is now sometimes classed as “protopunk.” It pointed the way towards much of the punk rock, new wave, alternative and indie rock music of later decades. Born in Natick, Massachusetts, Richman began playing music and writing his own songs in the mid-1960s. He becam... Continue Bio >>


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