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Indie rock is a genre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Indie rock is extremely diverse, with sub-genres that include indie pop, jangle pop, C86, and lo-fi, among others. Originally used to describe record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival bands in the US, and then Britpop bands in the UK, broke into the mainstream in the 1990s, it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, a number of indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term.

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Google previewAmerican Popular Music, From Minstrelsy to MP3 (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Indie rock: Indie rock is a genre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom and the United Statesinthe 1980s. Indie rock is extremely diverse, with subgenres that include indie pop, grunge, jangle pop, C86, and lofi, among others.

Google previewAmerican Popular Music, A Multicultural History (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Indie rock is a genre of alternative rockthat originated inthe United Kingdomandthe United States inthe 1980s. Indie rock is extremely diverse,with subgenres that include indie pop, grunge, janglepop, C86, and lofi, among others .

Google previewResidual Media (2007)

by Charles R. Acland

Indie rock is a label for rock music produced by "financially sound independent distribution companies (for) independently owned retail record stores and college radio stations."33 The indie rock scene in the United States emerged from the ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide Music Dictionary (2010)

by Dr. Stanford Felix

indie rock A type of 1980s rock music developed in the United Kingdom and United States, attributed to the production of independent underground music.

Google previewAmerican Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History by Gina Misiroglu

sign indie rock bands in the hopes of discovering the next major act. Scores of bands eagerly cashed in. The Afghan Whigs, Jawbox, Mudhoney, and the Ass Ponys were only a few of the many indie converts to major labels. Other indie bands ...

Google previewThe Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World (2013)

by Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster, Jane E. Sloan

As a result, some consider Sonic Youth pivotal in the rise of the alternative and indie rock movements. The band experienced critical acclaim into the new millennium, which is unusual in indie music. Women performers have been active in the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars (2012)

Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches by Jeremy Simmonds

The Exploding Hearts US indie rock had mourned the lost lives of members of For Squirrels (hSeptember 1995) and Compromise ( hJuly 2002) in highway crashes, before another such incident took place in Oregon in ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Colombia (2012)

by Harvey F. Kline

Colombian rock is a generic term that describes the different types of rock music, the most common being based on “rock en espanol,” but also, in recent years, on indie rock as well as hard rock. Colombian pop music has grown recently with ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Distances (2012)

by Michel Marie Deza, Elena Deza

is a metal/indie rock band based in Hampshire UK. “ Distance from Shelter” is a US power trio (guitar, bass and drums) in the vein of 1970's hard hitting rock and roll. The terms near distance and far distance are also ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of KISS (2016)

Music, Personnel, Events and Related Subjects by Brett Weiss

indie rock band, covered “Black Diamond” in straightforward fashion. “ Reputation”:Available on Love Gun: Deluxe Edition and on KISS 40, “Reputation” is a Gene Simmons demo. On, the website for LeBrain's Record Store ...

Google previewSports web encyclopaedia (2005)

Boxing Los Angeles-based indie rock ...

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