Jonathan Richman has got Insuring the City

Many of you know that I am a great admirer of the music of Jonathan Richman.  He is from Natick, Massachusetts, and the architecture and urbanism of Boston (and beyond) are important themes in his songs.  Last night I was at the Bowery Ballroom to see him perform with his drummer, Tommy Larkin.  It was a fantastic show.  I was standing near the front and was able to hand him a copy of Insuring the City.  He immediately recognized the cover image — a postcard of the Pru and the Pike — and expressed his appreciation.  The themes of the book resonate with his music:  the transition and tension between the “Old World” and the “Modern World.”


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