There was no alternative : Generation X, AIDS, and the making of a classic nineties record /

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Gomez, Jeff,


McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers,, Jefferson, North Carolina, United States, p.viii, 212 pages : (2023)

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(OCoLC)fst00793808, (OCoLC)fst00806181, (OCoLC)fst00852404, (OCoLC)fst01099204, 1991-2000, AIDS (Disease), Alternative rock music, Alternative rock music., Charities., fast, History and criticism., Rock music, Rock music.


Includes bibliographical references and index.That was then: Nirvana, AIDS, and the rise of ACT UP -- Trojan horses: John Carlin, Leigh Blake, and the bird of Red Hot -- Opening doors: Paul Heck, Chris Mundy, Jessica Kowal, and the AIDS Music Project -- Money changes everything: Generation X and the victory of alternative rock -- Ready to fly: AMP joins forces with Red Hot and signs to Arista -- Putting it together: Naming, sequencing, and designing 'No Alternative' -- What did you expect? Matthew Sweet, Buffalo Tom, Soul Asylum, Urge Overkill, American Music Club -- Tears of respect: Goo Goo Dolls, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Mould -- Renegade good intentions: Sarah McLachlan, Soundgarden, Straitjacket Fits, Barbara Manning, The Verlaines -- We must say goodbye: Uncle Tupelo, Beastie Boys, The Breeders, Patti Smith, Nirvana -- Sex, AIDS, and rock and roll: The 'No Alternative' MTV special and home video -- After the glow: 'No Alternative' funds get distributed and 'Dark Was the Night' breathes new life into Red Hot -- This is now: Red Hot and 'No Alternative' at thirty -- (Hidden Track)."Grunge. Flannel. Generation X. In 1993, Seattle was the capital of the world, Nirvana was king, and slackers were everywhere. When the Red Hot organization, a group of activists dedicated to raising money and awareness of AIDS, released their third compilation CD featuring the biggest bands of the era - Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, The Breeders, Nirvana and more it quickly became the touchstone of a generation. Rolling Stone called No Alternative a "jaw-dropping compilation of musical gems." This book takes a look back at what happened to the bands involved with the No Alternative. It includes new interviews with the musicians and others behind the record, and chronicles the downfall of an industry, the taming of a devastating illness, and the arrival of another global pandemic. It's about growing up, saying goodbye, and proving once more that you can't go home again (even if that's where you left all of your CDs)"--