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Video: Malcolm Galdwell Tells How The Beatles Got To Be Great

In this video Malcolm Gladwell, the author of The Outliers and The Tipping Point, uses The Beatles to question the existence of genuine musical prodigies. Caldwell attributes the band's success to the time they spent playing as the house band at club in Hamburg, Germany.

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  1. I don’t buy Gladwell’s premise. Anyone who has heard more than the official Beatles bootlegs can tell that their playing wasn’t the result of practice makes perfect. They were born songwriters and musicians and in Hamburg they developed a lot of the skills that carried them. However, even by 1962, their songs weren’t so strong that George Martin wouldn’t tweak them.
    And another thing, Mozart was still a genius prodigy even if he didn’t produce a mature work until he was 11.

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