This assignment concerns the novel “High Fidelity,” which addresses primarily a guy named Rob who owns a record store in England. It addresses his problems with relationships, but it is also very revealing about the value systems of subcultures – in this case one about music – in which members place a very high value on adhering to subcultural values instead of conventional.
Read the novel, which is also a film (but the film has different characters and a different ending), and pay careful attention to the news article that I have attached, and the information about subcultures and the concept of subcultural capital.
Write 2 pages on the following – you must address each question, with concrete examples from the book!: In the book “High Fidelity” one of the characters says “What matters is what you like, not what you are like,” which suggests that your personal tastes are more important than your character.
1) Explain how this idea was expressed in the book by the behavior of the three guys in the store. You can write about Rob’s girlfriends, but you have to address the store.
2) Address how the guys’ behavior concerning music can be explained in terms of the concepts of subculture and subcultural capital. You must use these terms in your discussion of the book.
Address what you think is their musical subculture, and what the subcultural capital is in this subculture. You should draw from the discussion of these concepts in the associated material in Grazian. Address both subculture and subcultural capital as both concepts and with examples from the book. I have attached the sources to use regarding Grazian.
3) Address how/if the main characters at the store adhered to the idea of “What matters is what you like” throughout the book. Did they change their view of the importance of taste, and if so, what are some examples?
You are expected to answer this question with considerable detail, and address each aspect of the question with examples from the book and the article and Grazian references I provided. Please cite all quotes provided.
Answer with examples that are in the book ONLY, not the film of High Fidelity.
Article Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/
High Fidelity Link: https://www.