• Alternative Rock emerged into the underground world
in the 1980’s, stemming from the punk rock scene,
before climbing to worldwide recognition in the 1990’s.
• The concept behind the alternative rock genre was to
break free from the mainstream flow of general rock to
create a distinct sound, compiled mostly of distorted
• Nowadays, the word is used as an umbrella term, with
many various sub-genres stemming from the original.
• Although being a recognised underground scene
in the 1980’s, alternative rock was still unheard of
to millions across the world.
• This changed with the introduction of a band
called R.E.M. in the late 1980’s.
• With this, the band was introduced to fame along
with many other acts of the same genre at this
time. However, R.E.M. are credited with the
• Although the genre went on to become an umbrella
term for rock which attempted to steer clear of the
mainstream market, there are a number of acts that
can be associated with the original term:
Even now in the 21st century, alternative rock is a
thriving genre amongst mainstream and underground
audiences, stemming off into thousands of sub-genres
and being recognised as the father to Indie Rock,
associated with acts such as Two Door Cinema Club,
Imagine Dragons and The 1975.