Join in Donna Gaines and Tom Smucker as they discuss their two books Why The Ramones Matter and Why the Beach Boys Matter.
“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
“Smucker’s mix of unabashed fanboy enthusiasm with razor-sharp analysis makes him the perfect teller of this story.” –Marc Ribot, guitarist
Donna Gaines is the author of Teenage Wasteland and A Mis t’s Manifesto. She has written for Rolling Stone, MS, the Village Voice, Spin, Newsday and Salon. Since 2013, she has taught social science, music, youth and community studies at Empire State College of the State University of New York.
Tom Smucker has written rock criticism for Creem, Fusion, Rolling Stone, and the Village Voice.