Linkin Park Changed The Culture Around Alternative Rock

Linkin Park Changed The Culture Around Alternative Rock

Chester Bennington and Linkin Park changed alternative music forever.
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As we reflect on the passing of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, we must remember the importance of this group and what they have done (and are doing) to push the boundaries of alternative rock.

In 1996, Linkin Park was formed by three high school friends in Agoura Hills, California. Rapper Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, and Dave Farrell recruited Joe Hahn (DJ/Turntables) and Mark Wakefield (Vocalist) to perform under the original name of Xero.

After several failed attempts to sign record deals, Mark Wakefield decides to move on and Farrell decides to spend time on tour with Christian band Tasty Snax. In 1999, Jeff Blue, currently working at Atlantic Records, recommended a vocalist who would be the perfect fit for Xero.

Paging Chester Bennington.

By then, Xero had changed it's name to Hybrid Theory and then officially Linkin Park according to an interview by the Huffington Post. After Jeff Blue became the Vice President of Warner Bros Records, Linkin Park signed their first ever record deal and a year later recorded their debut album "Hybrid Theory."

THINGS. GET. REAL.

"Hybrid Theory," released in 2000, changed the alternative rock spectrum forever. Songs like “In the End” and “Crawling” showed aspects of Alternative music that many have never heard before. Combining Shinoda and Hahn’s ability to create a hip-hop like sound and fuse it with Chester’s luscious rock voice and talented guitarists, "Hybrid Theory" would end up selling over 30 million copies worldwide and become one of the greatest alternative rock albums of this generation.

Linkin Park uses this mainstream success and follows up with the albums " Meteora," "Minutes To Midnight," and "A Thousand Suns," also huge successes.

Why such big success? Linkin Park's music was able to reach more than just alternative fans. Even pop and hip-hop fans have been able to relate to the lyrics of Linkin Park songs.

That is why Chester Bennington and the legend of Linkin Park will continue live on for ages to come.

It is more than just alternative music. It is music for the people, no matter what color, no matter what genre, no matter what background we have.

Thank you, Linkin Park, and RIP Mr. Chester Bennington.

“I tried so hard

And got so far

But in the end

It doesn't even matter

I had to fall

To lose it all

But in the end

It doesn't even matter” -Chorus from the song "In the End"

Cover Image Credit: Wallpaper Cave

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15 Texts We'd Get From Dogs If They Had Thumbs

"If you're reading this, send Milk Bones."
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Let's be real, anyone who has a dog knows that it if we could, we would text our dogs all day long. If they could text us, our thread would look something like...

1. "Are you coming home soon?! Let's go out!"

2. "So not to be weird... but you never ended up answering me last night... Am I the good boy? Idk I just want to be clear on our relationship I don't want to be lead on if I'm not."

3. "The cat is being such a bit** I literally can't stand her"

4. "Hey, just wondering, are you going to wear those black booties tonight? If you are, I'll chew the zipper out of the brown ones instead."

5. "Okay, so don't freak out, but something not so chill happened on the rug..."

6. "Are there any leftovers in the trash? I'm not gonna get into it, I was just curious. Love u."

7. "If you're reading this... bring Milk Bones."

8. "Hey, what's for dinner tonight?! Purina again?"

9. "Miss you!!"

10. "Are you gonna eat that food on the counter or is that for everyone? Asking for the cat."

11. "I LOVE YOU"

12. "OMG, I can't wait for you to come home on break! Can you sleep in the guest room tho? Mom said I could have your room when you moved out. Love u!"

13. "Ice cream date later?!"

14. "We should go for a walk I need to get my ass back in shape for summer. You should be my workout buddy!"

15. "Netflix and chill tonight?"

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High Quality Photos Are Worth The Splurge In A Wedding

"Pictures are the one thing you'll have with you for the rest of your life."

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Before my sister got married, she told me that out of everything she was preparing for her wedding, she cared the most about wedding pictures.

Every bride has one aspect of her wedding that matters the most to her, whether it be her dress, the venue, the flowers, the cake, or even the decorations. It's the part of the wedding that must be flawless. For my sister, it was pictures.

My sister splurged on hiring a professional photographer for her wedding, shelling out at least a good few thousand dollars to ensure high quality photographs. If anything were to go wrong during the ceremony or the reception, she figured everything would be alright as long as she ended up with beautiful photos.

When I asked her why, she said, "Pictures are the one thing you'll have with you for the rest of your life."

That got me thinking, and I realized she was right: Out of everything that is typically included in a wedding (the dress, food, flowers, cake, decorations, the venue), photos are the one aspect you would want to keep forever. Sure, there are brides who hold on to their wedding dresses, but the likelihood that they will re-wear them is slim to none.

Photos remain to be looked at again and again. You'll print copies out for photo-books or to hang them up in frames on the walls of your home, and you'll show them to your children and grandchildren, if you have kids.

When the pictures for my sister's wedding came back nearly a month later, I was amazed. They were perfect and beautiful, all 879 of them.

Good, high quality photos are a must. When I look at the pictures from my sister's wedding, I get to relive the whole experience. I remember and relive the day: the excitement, the anticipation, the food, the dancing, the fun, the speeches, the crying.

All the beautiful moments are captured in the images. Photos were well worth the splurge.

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