Q & A


Action on and off the stage in music: Tupac was killed and immediately turned into a martyr of sorts; various members of various alterna-bands OD’ed on various kinds of drug cocktails, creating no martyrs but lots of hypocritical musing about drugs and rock. People finally started to realize that “alternative” describes a merchandising niche rather than an ontological condition. Indie rock got more Byzantine than ever, which is good (a kind of “let 10,000 flowers bloom” moment) or not (everybody is simply following the contours of sundry navels to nowhere in particular). Elsewhere, on dance floors and in chill-out rooms, DJ romances with both record collections and machines fed an expanding network of subcultures just as splintered and hermetic as the indie-rock world—ambient, illbient, trip-hop, acid jazz, jungle, drum ’n’ bass, and electronica. I asked a handful of writers, artists, and

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