- Alternative rock From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Alternative rock is a type of rock music that started between 1979-1981 and popular by 1992. Alternative rock is made up of various subgenres that have come out of the indie music scene since the 1980s, such as grunge, indie rock, Britpop, gothic rock, and indie pop.
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Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock, or simply alternative) is a category of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1970s and became widely popular in the 1990s.
Bernstein, Jonathan (December 1991), "The Year in Music", Spin (magazine), p. 33, Alternative rockers Siouxsie and the Banshees scored a top 40 hit with "Kiss Them for Me". *Schwartz, Missy (December 17, 2004), "Sioux City; New-wave goddess Siouxsie Sioux led the way for kick-ass frontwomen with bold style.
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In the past, popular music tastes were dictated by music executives within large entertainment corporations. Record companies signed contracts with those entertainers who were thought to become the most popular, and therefore who could generate the most sales. These bands were able to record their songs in expensive studios, and their works then sold through record store chains that were owned by the entertainment corporations. The record companies worked with radio and television companies to get the most exposure for their artists. The people making the decisions were business people dealing with music as a product, and those bands who were not making the expected sales figures were then excluded from this system. Before the term alternative rock came into common usage around 1990, the sort of music to which it refers was known by a variety of terms. In 1979, Terry Tolkin used the term Alternative Music to describe th...
The name "alternative rock" essentially serves as an umbrella term for underground music that has emerged in the wake of punk rock since the mid-1980s. Throughout much of its history, alternative rock has been largely defined by its rejection of the commercialism of mainstream culture, although this could be contested ever since some of the major alternative artists have achieved mainstream success or co-opted with the major labels from the 1990s onwards (especially since the new millennium and beyond). Alternative bands during the 1980s generally played in small clubs, recorded for indie labels, and spread their popularity through word of mouth. As such, there is no set musical style for alternative rock as a whole, although The New York Times in 1989 asserted that the genre is "guitar music first of all, with guitars that blast out power chords, pick out chiming riffs, buzz with fuzztone and squeal in feedback." More often th...
A precursor to alternative rock existed in the 1960s with the proto-punk scene. The origins of alternative rock can be traced back to The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) by The Velvet Underground, which influenced many alternative rock bands that would come after it. We're Only In It For The Money by the Mothers of Invention (1968) is considered by some to be an early alternative rock album. Artists such as Syd Barrett had influence on alternative rock in g...
By 1984, a majority of groups signed to independent record labelsmined from a variety of rock and particularly 1960s rock influences. This represented a sharp break from the futuristic, hyper-rational post-punk years. Throughout the 1980s, alternative rock remained mainly an underground phenomenon. While on occasion a song would become a commercial hit or albums would receive critical praise in mainstream publications like Rolling Stone, alternat...
Popularization in the 1990s
By the start of the 1990s, the music industry was enticed by alternative rock's commercial possibilities and major labels had already signed Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dinosaur Jr. In early 1991, R.E.M. went mainstream worldwide with Out of Timewhile becoming a blueprint for many alternative bands. The first edition of the Lollapalooza festival became the most successful tour in North America in July and August 1991. For Dave Ghrol of Nirv...
Template:Wikipedia books 1. Adult album alternative(radio format) 2. Independent music 3. List of alternative rock artists 4. Modern rock(radio format) 5. Spin Alternative Record Guide 6. Timeline of alternative rockAzerrad, Michael. Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana. Doubleday, 1994. ISBN 0-385-47199-8.Azerrad, Michael. Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981–1991. Little Brown and Company, 2001. ISBN 0-316-78753-1.Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "American Alternative Rock/Post-Punk". AllMusic. Retrieved May 20, 2006.Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "British Alternative Rock". AllMusic. Retrieved May 20, 2006.
Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United States and United Kingdom in the 1970s. Originally used to describe independent record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock or "guitar pop rock".
Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (formerly known as Rock Songs and Hot Rock Songs) is a record chart published by Billboard magazine. From its debut on June 20, 2009, through October 13, 2012, the chart ranked the airplay of songs across alternative, mainstream rock, and triple A radio stations in the United States.
- nth single to top the chart
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Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is an alternative rock genre and subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s in the American Pacific Northwest state of Washington, particularly in Seattle and nearby towns. Grunge fuses elements of punk rock and heavy metal, but without punk's structure and speed.