Alternative Rock and High School

Dad Rock

The people of the show Dad Rock had a blast from the past episode, going back to the roots of alternative and punk rock: the 80’s high schools.

“”Alternative rock” may not have been born in the 1980s, but it definitely came of age on dorm-room stereos and low-wattage campus radio stations in that decade.


Coming out of the punk and new wave movements — but with commercial radio mostly the domain of glossy power ballads — bands that strived to push rock forward found willing cohorts in college students. The Bob Marley and Jim Morrison posters didn’t necessarily come off the dorm walls, but they were joined by the likes of R.E.M., the Smiths, the Violent Femmes and the Cure.”

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