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The central experience of the Ramones and their music is of being an outsider, an outcast, a person who’s somehow defective, and the revolt against shame and self-loathing. The fans, argues Donna Gaines, got it right away, from their own experience of alienation at home, at school, on the streets, and from themselves. This sense of estrangement and marginality permeates everything the Ramones still offer us as artists, and as people. Why the Ramones Matter compellingly makes the case that the Ramones gave us everything; they saved rock and roll, modeled DIY ethics, and addressed our deepest collective traumas, from the personal to the historical.
About the Author
Table of Contents
- 1. The Mission
- 2. Ministry
- 3. PAF
- 4. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
What People are Saying About This
“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.”
“Who better to tell us why the Ramones saved rock and roll? Donna hits the nail right on the head with this wonderful book.”
“Donna Gaines combines the perspective of sociology and the immediacy of memoir in an extended love letter, at once moving and insightful, to one of the most important and musically enduring American bands of the 20th century.Why the Ramones Matterplaces the group in social context, tracking their careers through their origins on Long Island, early days in the East Village, their formative role in the Punk Internationale, and beyond chronicling a group that made rock music democratic again, anticipating the age of bedroom and basement studios before technology made it easy.”
“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.”
“As a seven-year veteran of the Ramones and a lifelong fan, Donna speaks for me and every one of us who found our salvation in the only band that really mattered to the outsider in us all.”
“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.”