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Why the Ramones Matter (Music Matters) Paperback – October 2, 2018
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“Dr. Donna Gaines uses her own love of the Ramones, as well as the stories of die hard fans, to prove definitively the lasting impact the band continues to have 22 years after retirement. She not only relies on personal testimonies, but subjects the band’s legacy to a full diagnoses through the lens of her own chosen discipline, sociology. As a seven-year veteran of the Ramones and a life-long 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.” (CJ Ramone)
“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)
“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)
“Who better to tell us why the Ramones saved rock & roll? Donna hits the nail right on the head with this wonderful book as she tells us in Why the Ramones Matter.” (Monte Melnick, Ramones tour manager and author of On The Road with the Ramones)
“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, author of Is It Still Good to Ya?: Essays on Music 1967–2017)
From the Author
God gave rock & roll to you and sent the Ramones to Earth to protect and defend it. They reclaimed the airwaves, gave us something to believe in and howled at the moon. They loved Rockaway Beach, Chicken Vindaloo, Pizza, and rock & roll radio. But most of all they loved you!
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