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Why the Ramones Matter

Why the Ramones Matter

Series: Music Matters

October 2018
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168 pages | 5 x 7 |

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.

  • Preface
  • 1. The Mission
  • 2. Ministry
  • 3. PAF
  • 4. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Acknowledgments
  • Sources

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