Grunge originated in Seattle, on the West coast of America, in the late 1980s. A fusion of hippy and punk, it described a new generation or guitar-oriented rock music and the attitude of its exponents. It became associated with the music of groups such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins. At the same time, it provided an identity for the "lost" Generation X'ers, the (generally) white , middle-class young people who could never hope, or even want to, maintain the same levels of economic and material achievement as their parents.

 

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