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Alt. Culture: An A-To-Z Guide to the…

Alt. Culture: An A-To-Z Guide to the '90S-Underground, Online, and…

by Nathaniel Wice

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The authors presents an authoritative guidebook to all things alternative, covering the music scene, drugs, fashion, politics, technology and plenty more. Each of the entries, arranged from A to Z, is a capsule commentary on a defining act of the cultural fringe, with Internet locations for finding information on the topic. Photos.… (more)



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The subtitle of this book should really read 'Guide to the late '80s and early '90s' as, published in 1995, it does not encapsulate anything that came into popular culture post-publication. That said, this is an exhaustive and inclusive tome, not meant to be read straight through. Personally, I employed the device of reading it on cigarette breaks, and was thus able to digest the information thoroughly without becoming overloaded with information. While I was alive during the early '90s, I was only 10-15 years old and was not aware of most of the people/terms/musical groups contained within. It was good to glean information about things I was merely tangentially aware of, and also sad to see how some of the aforementioned subjects the authors considered essential to the era quickly lost notoriety. It is obvious that the dawn of the internet has completely revolutionized life as we know it, and somewhat interesting to remember what things/technologies were popular or thought to be 'the next big thing' that ended up not being so.
I don't know that I'd really recommend this book to those reading it for it's stated purpose, but it was an interesting collection of information. ( )
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