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A Misfit's Manifesto: The Spiritual Journey of a Rock-and-Roll Heart

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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 trut ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Villard
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May 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
I am a misfit. I have a rock n roll heart, but this book was an EPIC FAIL on both the music and memoir fronts. This fact was totally disappointing to me because I really, really, really enjoy reading books on both subjects equally as much. My main beef with this book was that it read more like an autobiography of Ms. Gaines life; with minute, inconsequential details, that as a reader I could have given a rat’s ass about.

She could of/should of explored her ideas on how rock n roll in general and
Apr 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
I wanted to like this book more than I could. Donna Gaines is definitely an interesting woman with a fascinating life. I bought the book based on all her Joey Ramone talk. The last chapter was "spiritual" and made it hard to finish. It's a decent memoir filled with interesting rock tidbits, but I understand why it was on the sale rack at Barnes and Noble.
Diann Blakely
In her intelligent study TEENAGE WASTELAND, Donna Gaines asserts that the emptiness of American suburban culture, not drugs or individual pathology, is to blame for adolescent suicide—a national epidemic at the time of the book’s publication over a decade ago. Gaines’ argument, drawn from Emile Durkheim, was and is certainly worth repeating; however, as a one-size-fits-all diagnosis and nostrum, it works no better than the marijuana-and-mental-illness model of teenage suicide still in vogue in s ...more
Nov 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Ughh! This book took me forever! No wonder it was only $3!
I hate giving bad reviews, but with this one, I must. This memoir went all over the place.
I enjoyed the personal stories of being an awkward adolescent but it quickly lost me following her high school days. There was no flow, no direction, and towards the middle of the book I pretty much had great disdain for the author which is never a good thing when reading someone's bio.
And in case you also, were thinking of reading this with the mi
I skimmed it. Not great. How do you get around mentioning the recovery thing? I remember when that Aerosmith song came out and every lyric was a program slogan. Reviewers who had never been court mandated to AA thought it was a brilliant invention. I've had crazy diverse experiences in The Rooms, wonder what I'll do with that - the rule used to be to just not mention it at all. Ever. But then we wouldn't have Sober House, which was top drawer must see appointment television.
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time getting into this book. In fact, I haven't finished it.
Dustin Kidd
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
I love the mixture of social theory, memoir, and popular culture.
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Not great, not even sure why it worthy of being made into a book
Rachel Gaston
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I am SHE and SHE is Me. A NY'er to the core...
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This book ROCKS! I guess it's because i am a misfit myself and i also have a Rock N Roll heart.
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Donna Gaines has written for Rolling Stone, MS, the Village Voice, Spin, Newsday and Salon. Her work has been published in fanzines, trade and scholarly collections, journals and textbooks. A sociologist, journalist and New York State Licensed Master Social Worker, Dr. Gaines taught sociology at Barnard College
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