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What were you favourite bands when you were a kid or a teenager? What do you think that says about you and your community?

The TEDsters were born in different eras, different places all over the world.

What music you chose, why you do it and what that expresses says a lot about the person, the times, the moral paradigm and political landscape.

Music has always been an integral part of my life. I've been a goth, an emo, a rock-girl, a punk and more, both listening and making music, depending on the period. Some bands that have influenced me are still a good reference, some of them are just a sentimental insight.

Back to the question - what music did you chose when you were young and what do you think it says about the times, the community you grew up in and you yourself, as a person?

In other words - some like Iron Maiden, some like U2, some like other bands, some like everything, some do not. Why do you think that is?

All replies and comments are welcome.

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    Aug 3 2013: I was a teenager in Seattle Washington during the grunge rock craze. Lots of kids there were really into Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Mother Love Bone. These were a few of the favorites in my peer group. We really identified with this sound in large part because it was local and the band members were our age or a little older. Lyrics often included local references and when commentators wondered about the 'darkness' of the sound we could laugh at their ignorance of the effects of living in a climate with 10 months of cloudy weather a year. A quick Internet search says Seattle averages 58 sunny days per year. Lots of my friends were also into Jimi Hendrix, who grew up in Seattle, and is a local icon. It was a source of pride that all this amazing music was being born in our hometown. I still love Nirvana and it never ceases to bring back the nostalgia and 'darkness' (I mean that literally) of my youth. After living in sunny Los Angeles for the last decade, I know I can never move back to cloudy weather.

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