Sean L. Maloney's 33 1/3: The Modern Lovers (2017) was entertaining and informative on several levels. The chapters are arranged in the order of an internet listing (fansite JoJoChords. com) that was influential to the author. Both "Roadrunner" and "Pablo Picaso" are punk rock classics, but it is a very strong album overall. Each song section begins with a discussion of said song. After that the author alternately talks about the background of Jonathan Richman, his band, the musical context of the band in relation to alternative acts such as the influential Velvet Underground as well as the social, economic, and political context of Boston at the time. These issues would include censorship, urban gentrification, the war against hippies, among other issues-giving a the reader a keen sense of time and place in Beantown. It also looks at The Modern Lover's city musical contemporaries such as Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band. It's amazing to learn that this influential album was never meant to be released-the band broke up and Richman moved on stylistically before the record was even released. The author follows up the legendary of the band and the times by showing how members Jerry Harrison would go on to commercial and artistic success with Talking Heads, while drummer David Robinson would also see equal returns for his stint with another Boston New Wave band The Cars.