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Dorothy Studio
Alternative Love Blueprint - A History of Alternative Music
Catalogue Number
Alternative Love Blueprint
Release Date
October 27, 2016

The Manchester (home of some of the greatest alternative groups of all time!) based Dorothy Print company follow up their widely acclaimed Electronic Love Blueprint with the indie alternative print.

The blueprint maps out the alternate underground from the NYC psych garage origins of The Velvet Underground, the MC5 & proto-punk heroes Iggy & The Stooges, before spending a night in CGBG's with Patti Smith and The Ramones. Travelling through the UKs esoteric underground, lines are drawn between the early London punk of The Clash, Coventry connections The Specials and a Strangeways bound Smiths. Heading North to the Lesser Free Trade Hall to see the Sex Pistols w/ Buzzcocks at the gig that changed the world, from Joy Division to The Fall.

The blueprint takes in the German Kosmiche new wave of Kraftwerk, Can & Neu! to the U.S. alt-rock of R.E.M, Nirvana & Pixies, while hardcore groups Black Flag & Hüsker Dü stand tall next to the Riot Grrrl rock of Bikini Kill & Sleater-Kinney. While Madchester heroes The Stone Roses & Happy Mondays happily sit side by side, recalling the 1989 TOTP that launched the whole ordeal.

The blueprint also features the inclusion of Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood and innovating record labels including Stiff, Rough Trade and Postcard.

Containing over 300 musicians, artists, managers and producers who have been pivotal to the evolution of the alternative and independent music scene from Bill Hayley & His Comets whose 1950’s Rock Around the Clock became the first ever anthem for a rebellious youth to the DIY ethic of present day bands like The White Stripes, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead.

A huge recommendation for 24 Hour Party People everywhere.

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