Born in 1951 in Boston, MA;
Jonathan Richman picked up a guitar at age 15 and let out, in what Derek Richardson of Pulse! called "a permanent head-cold voice," a brood of adolescent laments that later became the signature of his art-punk band, the Modern Lovers. Young and angst-ridden when he actually wrote some of his first songs (including "Pablo Picasso," "Roadrunner," and "Girlfriend"), Richman was barely 20 when they were finally recorded. He has since recorded over 17 albums, spanning a stylistic musical gamut that includes surf-rock, country-western, insect love songs, and Egyptian reggae recorded with a frequently changing crew of musicians that have comprised the Modern Lovers over the years.