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Alternative Rock

Alternative rock (also called ) is a genre of music that refers specifically to the punk/new wave-rooted style that emerged in the and became widely popular in the early-mid . The term "alternative" was coined in the 1980s to describe -inspired bands on independent record labels that did not fit into the mainstream genres of the time. As a musical genre, alternative rock consists of various subgenres that have emerged from the independent music scene since the 1980s, such as , , , / and .