WHY THE RAMONES MATTER - Long Island LitFest Presents Donna Gaines

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Sky Room Cafe Sun, Jan 13 3:00 PM


Long Island LitFest Presents Donna Gaines, author of


Sunday, January 13 at 3 pm | $30 Members | $35 Public

The Sky Room Cafe will be closed ALL DAY the day of this event.

Tickets include author talk, a copy of the book, book signing & band performance
Special live performance by cover band, The Young Rochelles

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.

Donna Gaines’ first book, "Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids" was published in 1991. Rolling Stone declared Teenage Wasteland "the best book on youth culture." Gaines grew up in Rockaway Beach, Queens, a surf town made famous by the mighty Ramones. Gaines will be in conversation with author Bill German. His book, "Under Their Thumb" details his unlikely friendships with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and reveals how the Stones' sausage is made. German is currently working on another memoir, titled "We're a Happy Family." It's set during his teenage years in Brooklyn (late 1970s-early 1980s) and is about surviving chaos, knishes, the Stones and Ramones.

Authors Donna Gaines and Bill German

(Donna Gaines photo credit: Lucian Truscott IV) 

Special live performance by cover band, The Young Rochelles

Wear your best leather jacket and Ramones t-shirt!