A music revolution that started in late 1991 and ended in the mid-90's (there is controversy over what exact year it ended). It was characterized by the rise of various music styles such as Grunge and Industial, as well as the beginnings of Pop-Punk. This time period was also associated with the rise of Grunge fashion and the rising popularity of independent films (or films styled as independent films, such as Clerks).
This revolution was, unfortunately, corrupted by corporate America, which took the elements of the Alternative Revolution, ironed them out, and sold to mainstream America. By the mid-90's, the revolution had become commercialized, ultimately resulting in the end of the revolution and the rise of corporate "alternative radio" which is hardly alternative at all
Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, The Offspring