Why the Ramones Matter

Why the Ramones Matter

by Donna Gaines
Why the Ramones Matter

Why the Ramones Matter

by Donna Gaines


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“Unequivocally fresh and engrossing. Even the biggest fans will find something new to enjoy here.” ―Razorcake
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477318737
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 02/24/2022
Series: Music Matters
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 168
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Donna Gaines is the author of Teenage Wasteland and A Misfit’s Manifesto.

Table of Contents

1. The Mission
2. Ministry
3. PAF
4. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What People are Saying About This

Robert Christgau

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.

Monte Melnick

Who better to tell us why the Ramones saved rock and roll? Donna hits the nail right on the head with this wonderful book.

Anthony Bourdain

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.

Mickey Leigh

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.

C. J. Ramone

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.

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