THERE WAS NO ALTERNATIVE

My next book will be an in-depth look at the groundbreaking 1993 alternative rock AIDS charity record No Alternative, featuring all new interviews with the record's producers, a number of the bands, and commentary on every track. There Was No Alternative will be published in 2023 by McFarland Books to coincide with the record's thirtieth anniversary.


"Strongly reported and excellently written, There Was No Alternative by Jeff Gomez is more than the story of a singularly important benefit album. At a time when other plagues loom large and memories are too short, Gomez charts how AIDS and the reluctance by those in power to help the afflicted shaped the attitude and music of a generation. It's a tale that very much needed telling."

Jim DeRogatis, author of Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips and Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic


"The pivotal moment when alternative music became mainstream remains a subject of fascination. Jeff Gomez's book There Was No Alternative offers a window into a moment when many artists on the cusp of that transition came together to raise money and awareness for AIDS. Insightful, meticulously researched and entertainingly assembled, this book will help many readers recapture the era and introduce it to many others."

—Kaya Oakes, author of Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture


"With rigorous reporting and piercing cultural observations, Jeff Gomez zeroes in on a single album that came out in 1993 — and winds up telling the story of a pivotal moment in time. It’s a moment that was marked by a devastating disease; it’s also a moment that we remember for its profusion of good, original music. From ACT UP to Uncle Tupelo, Gomez shows us how activism and creative expression converged to fight—and shine a light on—an expanding international tragedy. Put your Gen X stereotypes aside, because it turns out that the No Alternative album represented the very opposite of apathy. The album was the product of righteous love and grief; so is this book."

—Jeff Gordinier, author of X Saves the World and Hungry