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Why the Ramones Matter
by Donna Gaines
University of Texas Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-1-4773-1873-7 | Paper: 978-1-4773-1871-3
Library of Congress Classification ML421.R32G35 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 782.421660922

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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.


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