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Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards' songwriting career was shaped by her bohemian upbringing in San Francisco, where her parents (Ted and TeresaRichards) made a living as influential comic book artists. She grew up in the underground comic book scene, with R. Crumb serving as her defacto godfather. During her senior year of high school, a close friend began dating Metallica's Kirk Hammett, who took Richards under his wingand taught her to play several songs on guitar. It was in Hammett's basement that Richards recorded for the first time, creating a demo tapethat later made its way into the hands of t ...read more

Miranda Lee Richards' songwriting career was shaped by her bohemian upbringing in San Francisco, where her parents (Ted and TeresaRichards) made a living as influential comic book artists. She grew up in the underground comic book scene, with R. Crumb serving as her defacto godfather. During her senior year of high school, a close friend began dating Metallica's Kirk Hammett, who took Richards under his wingand taught her to play several songs on guitar. It was in Hammett's basement that Richards recorded for the first time, creating a demo tapethat later made its way into the hands of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Frontman Anton Newcombe invited her to sing with the band, which shedid for six months. When asked to tour with the group, however, Richards ultimately declined, stating, "I love this sort of psychedelic, bass-like,Velvet Underground folky stuff, but these guys are so crazy. It was just going to be a rock & roll circus, but in the worst way." She neverthelessremained close with the band, co-writing "(You Better Love Me) Before I Am Gone" for 1997's Give It Back and contributing "Reign On" toBringing It All Back Home Again in 1999. After living in a tent in a friend's yard in Los Angeles, Richards befriended a producer who guided her through a second demo recordingsession, which ultimately secured her a deal with Virgin Records. « hide

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