The Evolution of Alternative Rock

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Stephanie Rollens
MUS 1010
Prof. Ingram
Fall 2012
Research Paper: The Evolution of Alternative Rock
a. Introduction/Overview A phrase coined by many emerging bands in the early 1980’s, ‘alternative rock’ has become an increasingly more popular term used to describe artists that try to be innately different, yet veer away from the establishment and wish only to play the music they want to play without “selling out”. While it isn’t as concentrated or specific as other genres like hip hop or classical music, alternative music encompasses a wide variety of artists and songs over decades, most of which could be subcategorized into grunge, metal, punk rock, progressive, new wave, and even mo or folk rock. Alternative rock has fueled the
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