Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Rock Snob

The Rock Snob
(Slate)
Snobbery is as woven into the human fabric as the sexual and aggressive impulses it seeks to refine. It’s no accident, then, that Rock Snobbery emerged just as young people started dressing in blue jeans and pretending that social class didn’t matter. Adolescents simply found novel ways—ways more acceptable to their newly egalitarian pretenses—to marginally differentiate themselves from one another. Musical taste was one such method, and for a small but increasingly demented subset of the population (interestingly, almost exclusively boys), having good taste in, and encyclopedic knowledge about, rock music became an almost Ahab-like obsession.

1 comment:

Grand Master Ash the Furious Five said...

There was a time when I could've told you the brand of cymbal preferred by almost every drummer from Anthrax to Zebra.