The Modern Lovers' The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers' The Modern Lovers

by Sean L. Maloney


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From the "War on Hippies" to the Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, the story of Modern Lovers is a high octane tale of Brutalist architecture, rock 'n' roll ambition and the struggle for identity in a changing world. One of punk rock's foundational documents, the archetype for indie obsession and all but disowned by its author, The Modern Lovers was an album doomed by its own coolness from day one. Powered by the two-chord wonder “Roadrunner” and its proclamation that “I'm in love with rock 'n' roll,”The Modern Lovers is the essential document of American alienation, an escape route from the cultural wasteland of postwar suburbia. The Modern Lovers is the bridge connecting the Velvet Underground and the Sex Pistols; they were peers of the New York Dolls and friends with Gram Parsons and they would splinter into Talking Heads, The Cars, and The Real Kids.

But The Modern Lovers was never meant to be an album. A collection of demos, recorded in fits and starts as Jonathan Richman and his band negotiate modernity and the music industry. It is a collection of songs about a city and a society in flux, grappling with ancient corruptions and bright-eyed idealism. Richman observes a city all but abandoned by adults, ravaged by white flight and urban renewal, veering towards anarchy as old world social moors collide with new attitudes. It is a city stands in stark contrast to the the ranchstyle bedroom community where he was raised. All of these conflicts are churbaned through Richman's intellectual acuity and emotional unrest to create one of the 20th century's most enduring documents of post-adolescent malaise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501322181
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/09/2017
Series: 33 1/3 Series
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 803,147
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sean L. Maloney is a Boston-based, Nashville-trained music critic and arts jourbanalist. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Nashville Scene and New York Magazine. He enjoys surfing, Sun Ra and Situationist cinema but isn't afraid to dig a Top 40 tune if it's got a hip beat.

Table of Contents

IX. Acknowledgments
X. Introduction
1. Roadrunner (Once)
2. Astral Plane
3. Old World
4. Pablo Picasso
5. I'm Straight
6. She Cracked
7. Hospital
8. Someone I Care About
9. Girlfriend
10. Modern World
11. Dignified and Old
12. Government Center
13. Roadrunner (Twice)

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