Long Island LitFest Presents

Donna Gaines, author of Why the Ramones Matter

Sunday, January 13, 3:00 pm at Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington

In conversation with Bill German, author of Under Their Thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones (and Lived to Tell About It), plus live performance by The Young Rochelles! 


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Your $35 ticket ($30/Cinema Arts Members) includes a copy of Why The Ramones Matter, author talk, audience Q&A, book signing and live performance by The Young Rochelles!

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.

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.” 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.

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.


And this afternoon includes a special, live performance by The Young Rochelles — The band was born in  Long Beach, New York in January 2013. The pop-punk trio has recorded several EPs including Cannibal Island, Know the Code, and Organ Trade, various splits and compilation tracks – the latest being a full-length CD/LP for Sounds Rad. The band aims to deliver levity through short bursts that rarely pass the two-minute mark and remain in your head long after they’ve ended.

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15 thoughts on “

  1. Jennifer

    My friends and I want to hear the authors but aren’t interested in workshops. How are the authors being scheduled? Is there a talk and then a workshop and then a talk, etc?

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks for asking. The workshops are FREE with admission and optional. They are running at Noon, before LitFest begins at 1 pm. Our author reading schedule runs in two sessions, with a book signing break in between. Please take a look at the schedule of events, here. We look forward to seeing you and your friends! It’s going to be an amazing day!

  2. Toni-Ann Lettenberger

    I wanted to come to the Long Island LitFest 2017 for a couple of reasons: 1 of them is that I am in the process of what I hope to be a book about my experience with life in the past 10 or so years. I’ve experienced extraordinary circumstances and I believe that I could be of use to people out there if they read my story period I dealt with most of my tragedies and my dealings by being sober and by believing in something other than nothing. And I wasn’t really too much of understanding of the readings but I was very much interested in the workshops. Unfortunately my financial situation is such that I don’t even have that money to put aside for this function today. What I would like to know is if they offer free workshops anywhere and what do I have to do to sign up for those? Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and I hope to get a reply from you soon period thank you so much Toni Ann lettenberger

  3. Maureen Hardiman

    I’d love to hear Nelson DeMille, Kristin Hannah, Jodi Picoult, and Lisa Genova. Loved listening to Anna Quinlan- thank you!

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you, Maureen! Great suggestions — and we loved Anna Q. also. She was fantastic. Thanks for attending that!


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