Why the Ramones Matter, By Donna Gaines, Book Release

Private By Invitation Only Book Release: Why The Ramones Matter, Meet the Author Donna Gaines

Why the Ramones Matter, By Donna Gaines, Book Release

Tue · October 9, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm (event ends at 9:00 pm)


Donna Gaines, Author of Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids, A Misfits Manifesto will be celebrating her current new critically acclaimed book release Why the Ramones Matter.  Come here her speak about the book and her passion for writing this inspiring story.

Why the Ramones Matter, By Donna Gaines, Book Release
Why the Ramones Matter, By Donna Gaines, Book Release
Praise for "Why the Ramones Matter"
"The Ramones were an answered prayer, the antidote to mellotron solos and stadium power ballads.... This book explains why they not only mattered, but were a vital, inspirational, earth shattering force."
- Anthony Bourdain

“What's best about Gaines's vision of the Ramones is that it extends into the present. No one has written better about pure punk and resurgent fascism.”
-Robert Christgau

“Gaines whips up a literary three chord meal that she baked in her five-borough heart, and serves it with side orders of grit, wit, and grace. As it should be, this meal is fat and gluten free. Donna is smart, and she’s tough, and she’s family. But, more than even most of their own family members (yours truly excepted), she knows why the Ramones matter!!”
- Mickey Leigh, musician and author of I Slept with Joey Ramone

Donna Gaines has written for Rolling Stone, MS, the Village Voice, Spin, Newsday and Salon. Her work has been published in underground fanzines, numerous trade and scholarly collections, professional journals and textbooks. Subjects have included music, tattoos, youth, guns, pornography, TV talk shows, suburbia, spirituality, gender culture, technology and intergenerational love.

Her photographs, liner notes, lyrics and poetry have been published or shown as well. A sociologist, journalist and New York State Master Licensed Social Worker, Dr. Gaines grew up in Rockaway Beach, Queens, a surf town made famous by the Ramones.

Her first book, Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids was published by Pantheon Books in 1991. Rolling Stone declared Teenage Wasteland "the best book on youth culture." In 1996, the Pacific Journal of Sociology described it as "a classic in sociology." In 2001 Newsday dubbed it a "cult classic." Acclaimed by scholars as "a new way to do sociology" Gaines' second book, A Misfit’s Manifesto: The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart was published by Rutgers University Press in 2007. Published in hardcover by Random House in 2003, the memoir remains an underground favorite among alienated young people and diehard music fans alike. Her third book, Why The Ramones Matter, published in 2018 by University of Texas Press is part eulogy, part encomium, part love letter, celebrating the musical, cultural, political, personal and socio-historical impact of the mighty Ramones.
Venue Information:
The Map Room at The Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003