The History of Alternative Rock, 1st Edition

  • Stuart A. Kallen
  • Published By: Lucent Press (Rosen)
  • ISBN-10: 1420509721
  • ISBN-13: 9781420509724
  • DDC: 781.6609
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 10th Grade
  • 120 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released June 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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The newest addition to the Music Library series, this title discusses the history of alternative rock and the ethos of alt-rockers as rebels who value independence, experimentation, and truth-telling. Rather than making music for broad commercial appeal, these musicians drew from a variety of styles that were considered unfriendly for consumers. Over the years, alternative rock has spawned mash-ups of garage rock, punk, new wave, rap, thrash, and hardcore. This group of indie rockers not only created a new sound but also put forth a different attitude, as they outwardly rejected the musical standards and sales practices set by major record companies.

Features and Benefits

  • This series has been updated to make music of all genres even more accessible, popular and culturally relevant in the 21st century.
  • The set focuses on the history, music, musicians, and instruments behind specific musical styles -- from blues to indie rock to rap and more.
  • It also addresses music videos, the advent of digital music stores and new portable digital delivery systems.
  • Each title provides a historical overview of the development of a specific music genre; explores the roots and influences of the genre and the key components that are definitive of the style; discusses the pioneers of the music; and considers the changes the genre has undergone from its inception to its present status on the world scene.
  • Informative sidebars, a glossary of music terms, a selective discography, an annotated bibliography, and a subject index provide readers with additional tools for discussion and research.