Monday, December 24, 2007

Hey, Scholar, Leave the Kids Alone!

NY Times---Letters
December 24, 2007
Re “On Facebook, Scholars Link Up With Data” (front page, Dec. 17):

To the Editor:

Leave the kids alone!

As your article rightly observes, though gorgeous research possibilities for networking theory have exploded via explorations into Facebook, this type of fieldwork poses many compelling ethical and methodological issues — the rights of the researched, data collection from self-selected populations and, of course, privacy issues.

But one glaring unintended consequence must be considered: the reckless intrusion of adults into one of the few remaining sacred spaces where young people congregate for the creation of subculture, meaning and community.
Sites like Facebook offer connectivity, identity and refuge beyond the gaze of an ever-expanding, increasingly repressive and indifferent adult authority structure.

Before we proceed as scholars, let us first be citizens.

There needs to be a serious and lengthy conversation among scholars and youth activists about power and rights of access. The intergenerational politics and ethics violations inherent in this work are not so pretty.

Donna Gaines
New York, Dec. 17, 2007
The writer is a sociologist and author on youth culture.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Guild of Scholars

Donna Gaines was recently elected into the Guild of Scholars of the Episcopal Church. The Guild is a group made up of Lay Episcopalians who meet annually at the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Musicians, activists, soul warriors and Native American punks with guitar string ties to the Post-Ramones Empire, Blackfire tour the world bringing truth hope and dignity to peoples' struggles. They also just came out with an amazing new album produced by Ed Stasium. But don't take my word for it---check out the link below to see what Rolling Stone's David Fricke has to say about them. Now there's a man with a Ramones heart-- so tawl, ya gotta look up.

Rolling Stone : Fricke’s Picks: Blackfire, Pearl Jam and Eyvind Kang

Tuesday, June 19, 2007



Show your support for the Matthew Shepard Act by signing the Erase Hate Petition. Let your voice be heard and help us in our mission to Erase Hate. To sign please go to:

HELP PASS THE MATTHEW SHEPARD ACT IN THE SENATE - ACT NOW! On May 3, the United States House passed the federal hate crimes legislation with bi-partisan support (237 - 180). The legislation now heads to the United States Senate, where it has been renamed the Matthew Shepard Act. In response to this, Judy Shepard, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, said "I can’t think of a better way to honor Matthew’s memory. He was a 21-year-old college student just living his life."

ERASE HATE PETITIONThe Matthew Shepard Act is an appropriate and measured response to the unrelenting and under-addressed problem of violent hate crimes committed against individuals based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. All people regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ability deserve to be free from violence and crimes committed because of hatred and bias.

202-224-3121 and ask for your Senator's office

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

War All The Time

Male Veterans Have Double the Suicide Rate of Civilians

Male veterans in the general U.S. population are twice as likely as their civilian peers to die by suicide, a large study shows. This study included 320,890 men age 18 and older in the general population, 104,026 of them veterans, whom researchers followed for 12 years. Veterans who were white, had at least 12 years of education, or whose daily-life activities were limited by health problems were at highest risk. Those who were overweight had a lower risk. By the end of the study, 197 of the veterans had died by suicide. Compared to civilian men who died by suicide, veterans were 58 percent more likely to use a firearm to end their lives. The researchers also note that the number of veterans with daily-life activity limitations – one of the higher risk factors for suicide listed above – is likely to rise. They suggest that clinical and community interventions will be needed, and call for clinicians to be alert for signs that veterans might be contemplating suicide and to assess their access to firearms.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Happy Birthday Joey Ramone!!

Tonight we are celebrating what would have been Joey's 56th birthday at a sold out annual Birthday Bash in his honor at NYC's Irving Plaza. Doors open at 7 pm, Little Steven Van Zandt will officiate, and several great bands including the Bullys, Chesterfield Kings, Slinky Vagabond, NY Dolls and an all-star NY jam will pay tribute to punk's Patron Saint. Though we are deeply saddened by the recent loss of our Great Mother Ramone (Charlotte Lesher), her shimmering spirit will hover above, beaming light and love as brother Mickey Leigh cranks his guitar, Hosanna!

Joey's impact on punk subculture and spirituality flourishes; a legacy of inspiration to all us cretins, misfits, pinheads & warthogs. Tonight, we of NYC welcome an in-gathering of the PostRamones Empire; two generations, worldwide---Argentina, France, Japan, Finland, Australia, and Rockaway Beach, Queens!

Blast our twin towers, close our clubs, but you can't break our faith--the Ramones of NYC are too tough to die---!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Live From Slugland

Celebrating 29 years of SLUGLIFE.

Please visit the SLUGS tribute website at

Live From Slugland

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Donna on WBAI City Watch

Donna Gaines will be interviewed on WBAI's City Watch, on Wednesday, March 28 at 10 am. Tune into 99.5 FM or access the podcast at

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A Misfit's Manifesto--now in paperback!


Contact: Jeremy Wang-Iverson, Publicity Director
(732) 445-7762 x 626 Tel

The Spiritual Forces of Rock & Roll

“In A Misfit’s Manifesto, Donna Gaines has invented a new genre—the socioautobiography, a book of enormous energy, caring, and wisdom that proves, once again, that the personal is political and that women make history, but not under the conditions that they choose. . . . Rarely has journalism possessed such depth of perspective or has sociology been so much fun to read.”
—Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University

Dubbed the Margaret Mead of heavy metal, Donna Gaines is a walking, talking oxymoron, a turnpike intellectual. A street-smart meditation on alienation and engagement, this new edition of A Misfit’s Manifesto (Paper, 0-8135-4054-2, $22.95) includes a scholarly introduction that considers memoir as a sociological as well as literary genre, as a reflexive means of understanding the self in social context while nurturing a sociological imagination. Social memoir, Gaines argues, illuminates problems like alienation, marginality, addiction, and suicide, while making sociology more user-friendly and public. Now this work of dazzling originality and iconoclasm that has inspired misfits everywhere is an ideal text for classroom use, making complex social theory exciting, timely, and relevant for students.
Donna Gaines is the author of the bestselling book Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia’s Dead End Kids. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Ms., the Village Voice, Salon, Spin, and Newsday and numerous scholarly venues.

First Paperback Edition
A Misfit’s Manifesto
The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart
Donna Gaines
408 pages, 6 x 9
Paper, $22.95, ISBN: 0-8135-4054-2
Publication Date: April 15, 2007

To request a review copy or schedule an interview, please contact us.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Announcing: Donna Gaines Consulting

"In spite of being inorganically appended to it, the stranger is yet an organic member of the group."
---Georg Simmel

Welcome to my office.

In launching I've attempted to formalize twenty years of public speaking, lectures, and workshops. Whether addressing youth suicide, alienation, addiction, spirituality, popular culture or healing, I look forward to being of continued service to students, professors, administrators and professionals.

This website is dedicated to my parents, Betty & D.O.M., two musicians who taught me, "Booksmarts & streetsmarts--that's a winning ticket."