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.