When music isn’t pop, rock, country, folk or classical, what is it? It could actually have many names but most refer to it as “alternative”. So how did this name come about?
There are many theories or ideas about how “alternative” became a term used so commonly today. Some say it stemmed from the DJs and promoters of the 1980s who were playing music beyond the top 40 rock radio formats. With freedom of song selection, new bands began making a presence and becoming more requested. From here, college radio grabbed on to the sound, dubbing the music with terms such as new post-punk, indie, or underground music. The use of the term “alternative” gained further exposure due to the success of Lollapalooza, where festival founder and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell coined the term “Alternative Nation.”
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For most generations, the term ‘classic rock’ is familiar. But there was a time when the word ‘rock-n-roll’ music wasn’t in America’s vocabulary and certainly not classic rock.
The term classic rock came about due to the radio stations and their programmers who designed a large playlist of songs ranging from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. Taking these songs, these programmers would also then integrate a number of current releases and thus call it ‘classic rock’.
The idea came about back when The Beatles groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, came out, which created a love for all of the tracks on the record rather than just one song. The AM and FM station programmers realized that they could play more than top singles and still keep their audiences attention. They could also mix up hits and non-hits to keep their listeners intrigued. Continue reading Classic Rock – What is It? »