Donna Gaines has written for Rolling Stone, MS, the Village Voice, Spin, Newsday and Salon. Her work has been published in underground fanzines, numerous trade and scholarly collections, professional journals and textbooks. Subjects have included music, tattoos, youth, guns, pornography, TV talk shows, suburbia, spirituality, gender culture, technology and intergenerational love. Her photographs, liner notes, lyrics and poetry have been published or shown as well. A sociologist, journalist and New York State Master Licensed Social Worker, Dr. Gaines grew up in Rockaway Beach, Queens, a surf town made famous by the Ramones. The author of Teenage Wasteland, and A Misfits Manifesto, Gaines’s new book, Why The Ramones Matter, is part eulogy, part encomium, a celebration of the musical, cultural, and socio-historical impact of the mighty Ramones.