Alternative Nation Launched As Grunge Report 10 Years Ago Today


I launched Alternative Nation under its original name Grunge Report 10 years ago today, at the ripe old age of 17. Teenage angst has paid off well, now I’m bored and old. We rebranded to Alternative Nation in June 2013, thanks to the help of loyal readers Andrei Toth and Joseph Thomas. We’ve tried and experimented with expansion over the years, and in December we fully committed to in-depth coverage of classic rock, and in the last 6 months or so the site has grown massively. I know there’s critics of how we market our stories (I’ve explained this a lot in the past so I won’t bore you again), but when it comes to the content, we try to cover many different types of stories, so there’s a little bit for everybody. If anybody ever has any actual constructive feedback or ideas for content, feel free to reach out.

I’d like to thank current staff like Mike Mazzarone, Joe Hughes, Dustin Halter, Greg Prato, Anthony Carioscia, William Spevack, David Bronstein, and Andy Frisk, along with past writers like Doug McCausland, Lauryn Schaffner, Elias Fulmer, Bob Schallau, Nicole Malczan, Jeff Gorra, Jeremy Neugebauer, Hannah Graf, Riley Rowe, Tim Branom, and Paul Kneitz. Thanks to the musicians we’ve covered over the years as well for all the great music. If I forgot anybody, thank you as well!

With the site growing into a larger platform, one thing I really want to do as we enter our 10th year is expand into more charitable causes. If there’s a charity organization that you hold close to your heart, feel free to contact us. I’ve always enjoyed covering the events for children’s hospitals on the site (St. Jude’s, EB Research Partnership, and EBMRF in particular), and also mental health organizations (320 Changes Direction) due to the artists we’ve sadly lost. I want to both contribute Alternative Nation money privately (I feel like it can be weird to announce donations and amounts. I’d rather promote organizations than do it for self-aggrandizement), and also let readers know the best ways they can contribute. If anybody has any suggestions for charity organizations, or ways we can promote them in a fun way, let me know. Maybe some charity auctions in the future could be cool or other types of releases or creative articles, I’m open to ideas.

Anyways, thanks to the readers and haters for the support and trolling for the last 10 years!

Keep trollin’ trollin’ trollin’ trollin’! Don’t know where I’m going, I just keep on trolling, I just keep on trolling, got to troll…(two very different song references there!)