It was the antithesis to a decade smothered by opulence. Perhaps one of the most contentious movements of the 20th century, grunge has incited controversy for its questionable legacy and ambiguous origins for as long as it has existed. While the dark croons of Kurt Cobain and the howls of L7 defined a generation, it also unified with an intensity equal to its ability to divide. It rose out of a new DIY ethic, an alternative to that of the punks with its concrete basements, bag salads, and riot grrrl zines. Grunge not only altered the formality of expression but disrupted an industry that relied on the conventions and ideals perpetuated by its intangible reverie.

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