The Beatles, Before They Were The Beatles


With the Beatles in the news so much these days, it’s revealing to look back at the band’s earliest days. They weren’t original — quite the opposite. As we see (and hear), they faithfully worked at copying other people’s work, right down to Buddy Holly’s hiccupy vocals. For them, as for the rest of us, originality happens much later, after you build the platform of skills. And the best way to build that platform is to imitate, copy, mimic — to fire the circuit over and over toward a clear goal and see how close you can get. (The same philosophy apparently applies to hairstyles.)

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3 Responses to “The Beatles, Before They Were The Beatles”

  1. carri says:

    …this was not in the rock and roll hall of fame, oddly enough! LOL!

  2. Emiko Jaffe says:

    Thank you for this post! I am a firm believer in copying the masters in the beginning, eventually by doing this our own unique voice emerges. The first time I ever hear this concept articulated (I’d been practicing the concept before I even understood what a “concept” was and continue to do so with every new skill I wish to master) was by Stephen King. He encouraged new writers to copy and mimic their favorite authors (something he did) and by doing so they learn what works what doesn’t and where room is made for their own voice to come through, until it’s all their voice. I just listened to your interview with Koren Motekaitis and have been hearing about you from Martha Beck, I will be picking up my own copy of The Talent Code today!

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