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Like all musical communities the alternative band community has thesame dream to be successful and to be heard There are many establishcommunities in the world such as classical music or jazz music Boththese and other forms of music have been around for a long timeHowever alternative music is relatively young and ever changing Justwhat exactly is alternative music and those who perform it Alternativeband musicians are people with a dream to develop a new evolving musicwhich has universal appealThe question is What is alternative music Why is it alternativeand alternative to what Alternative music is called such because itfits no specific category Alternative music brings together musicalcharacteristics from many different kinds of genres So its style isalternative to the established ones but cannot be classified as itsown individual genre because the elements in alternative music come fromother genres For example alternative music sometimes can be mistakenfor pop music or R B Sometimes they are pop or R B Alternative isan evolving music style Just in the past decade the music groups thatdefine alternative have shifted the music away from the pop genre andcloser to the rock genre Another way alternative varies is thebackground of the musicians Unlike classical musicians people inalternative bands have little if not any formal training Alternativemusicians are often associated with the term garage band The factis that many of the popular groups today started off as teenagersfooling around in their garages More often that not these garageperformers are not good and have little talent However all groups haveaspirations of storming into the music scene In essence it definesthe American Dream for musicians All musicians on one level oranother want their music to be heard to be a popular success if not acommercial oneMy discovery of this alternative music was really an accident I wastalking with some friends during dinner about the ethnography and one ofthem told me had a band he jammed with on the weekends Naturally Iasked him
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