Bored of your music tastes being belittled by your music-snob friends? Well read on...The music snob is one of life's most belligerent characters, forever embroiled in a game of acoustic one-upmanship with fellow fans in the quest to become the ultimate music bore. For this type of person the constant desire to assert musical superiority over everyone they encounter is an all-consuming labour of love, but for the rest of us it's just plain irritating! The Iconoclast's Guide to Music takes a flippant look at these music fans and attempts to explain what it is that makes them the way they are. There are 50 entries - such as an eternal obsession with heavy metal, the enduring relationship between musicians and drugs, the belief that vinyl is the only format worth listening to, and the opinion obscure equals better - explaining all the various genres and things that make a music fan tick.
So if you've ever wondered what your friend or family member sees in wasting hours with their head stuck in a laptop reading about obscure bands from Rejkjavik, spending the budget of a small country on rare imported blues albums, or travelling miles to see terrible bands in the pouring rain at festivals, then these words will hopefully shed some light on the situation.
Steve Jelbert is a life-long music fan, band member, and self-confessed music snob. When he's not laughing at other people's opinions on music he is a journalist who has written for various publications including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Word magazine and The Quietus.