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Senior Year

Senior Year, 1997: Hanging Out at the Coffee Shop

by Linda Ryan

Senior Year, 1997: Hanging Out at the Coffee Shop

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Back in 1997, the coffeehouse music scene managed to thrive despite the incessant barrage of grunge that was still going strong some six years after the release of Nirvana's Nevermind. Modern singer-songwriters such as Jewel, Duncan Sheik and Fiona Apple were introducing themselves to new fans by playing in coffeehouses across America and the exposure they got on television shows such as Beverly Hills, 90210 and Ally McBeal and Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn't hurt either.

If you were a senior in high school back then, chances are you were drinking in the vibe -- not to mention the coffee -- at some mom-and-pop cafe where live music and a strong cuppa joe was the order of the day. Wi-Fi wasn't around yet, but between the caffeine and the tunes, you were definitely buzzing.