Alternative rock

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Alternative rock
Stylistic originsPunk rock, post-punk, new wave, hardcore punk
Cultural originsLate 1970s to early 1980s, United Kingdom and United States
Typical instrumentsElectric guitarBassdrums
Mainstream popularityLimited before the success of grunge and Britpop in the 1990s. Widespread since then.
Subgenres
BritpopCollege rockDream pop - Geek rockGothic rockGrungeIndie popIndie rockMath rock - Noise pop - Noise rockPaisley UndergroundPost-rockShoegazing
Fusion genres
Alternative danceAlternative metalPsychobillyIndustrial rockMadchesterPost-punk revivalRiot Grrrl
Regional scenes
MassachusettsSeattle, WashingtonIllinoisManchester England
Other topics
BandsCollege radioHistoryIndependent musicLollapalooza

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.

These genres are sorted by their collective types of punk, which laid the groundwork for alternative music in the 1970s.[1]

Examples of alternative rock bands include R.E.M., Nirvana, Radiohead and Oasis.

References[change | change source]

  1. di Perna, Alan. "Brave Noise--The History of Alternative Rock Guitar". Guitar World. December 1995.


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