A MISFIT’S MANIFESTO ~ The Spiritual Journey of a Rock & Roll Heart
Book review and technical detail A MISFIT’S MANIFESTO ~ The Spiritual Journey of a Rock & Roll Heart Donna Gaines
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|Title||A MISFIT’S MANIFESTO ~ The Spiritual Journey of a Rock & Roll Heart|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Frustrating, overlong, meandering annual of surfing, punk, metal, deviance, and redemption.Veteran Village Voice biographer Gaines (Teenage Wasteland, not reviewed) describes herself as “a walking, talking adumbration . . . a accustomed affiliate of the NRA and the ACLU, a tattooed Jew with a Ph.D. and a pistol permit.” Her account attempts to anticipate how her captivation in New York’s outlaw/rock ability led to an doubtful career as announcer and able on outcast teens. None of that seems acceptable from her cautiously captured adolescence as an overweight, black misfit in the angrily indigenous ascendancy of Rockaway Beach, alone babe of a abandoned above Big Band vocalist, who begin her conservancy in rock-’n’-roll radio. By the mid-1960s, Gaines was bugged by Rockaway’s beginning surfing and biologic scenes, and by the burghal affiliated mentality she after explored while accepting her doctorate in sociology. She struggled through her own actuality corruption and animal dramas (here anxiously documented), while advertisement on and befriending abounding of the era’s bedrock groups, including the Ramones and New York Dolls. Later, she lived on Long Island, amusement in suburbia’s autonomous aberancy (guns, porno, shopping) and accommodating in the bounded music underground as administrator and adherent of bands like the Slugs, CorpseGrinders, and Pyrexia. Gaines writes vividly of her louche adventures and bad companions, abounding of whom succumbed to the bedrock lifestyle. (The columnist herself sobered up in 1997.) And she assuredly conveys the accent of “underworld” ability and its role as buoy to afflicted nonconformists. However, this is additionally a solipsistic and circuitous narrative: Gaines’s prime allure is herself and her apprehension in analysis so abounding lowlife/bohemian cultural touchstones. Her addiction against accessible bluff additionally doesn’t help, as bidding in her elitist attention for analgesic abuse, her affection for Republican bedmates, her copious antipathy for harbinger targets like another rockers, wine-drinking urbanites, and Jewish-American Princesses. Some acutely rendered elements, but the accomplished would accept benefited abundantly from hardcore editing.
Donna Gaines is the Margaret Mead of heavy metal, a turnpike intellectual, a walking, talking oxymoron. A Misfit's Manifesto is the story of her wild-in-the-burbs odyssey--from yeshiva girl to street-punk sociologist. The only child of a glamorous big-band vocalist, Donna had three fathers, including the "Kishka King of Brooklyn." Fat, lonely, and depressed, she found truth and beauty in the least likely places. Wandering the craggy terrain of Rockaway Beach, Queens, Donna embarked upon a path to enlightenment: sex, drugs, rock & roll, sociology, cosmetology, True Love, the occult, tattoos, science fiction, pizza, guns, comic books, and surfing--by Web or by sea. "Popular culture, my unholy redeemer," she proclaims.It was Donna's consuming love of the "profane world" that gave her the courage to be, buffering her against relentless sorrow and self-loathing. Dignity, joy, and communion came not from family, organized religion, or mandatory schooling, but in the sound of doo-wop, then surf music, hard rock, punk, and grindcore. "For most of my life," she writes, "music was the only way to connect that wouldn't eventually kill me."Through all the ripped nights of binge-drinking in rock clubs, Donna Gaines became an acclaimed author and an expert on teen suicide. In an age of conformity and censorship, Dr. Gaines defends popular culture as a powerful spiritual force, a vibrant, valid connection to God. This is an outcast's journey into the black-hole sun, where Divine love and light are found--even in Ramones songs. Donna Gaines has written a work of dazzling originality and iconoclasm, an inspiration for misfits everywhere.
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