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It was 50 years ago today...

Today is the quinquagenary of the Beatles’ famous audition for record producer George Martin of EMI. As any Beatlephile would know, Martin went on to produce over two dozen #1 hits for the band in the next eight years—which propelled the band into the top-selling music act in history.

There are numerous Fab Four anniversaries worth celebrating—the day John Lennon and Paul McCartney met (7/6/57), the first appearance of The Beatles on live TV in the US (2/9/64), or the day The Beatles broke up (4/9/70)—but this date struck me as the most noteworthy because of mysteries surrounding it…

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More random musings and miscellaneous opinings

Just read Brand Like a Rock Star: Lessons From Rock ‘n’ Roll to Make Your Business Rich and Famous by Steve Jones—a fun and fast read.

It reveals the marketing strategies of dozens of top-tier artists (e.g., Jimmy Buffet, AC/DC, KISS, Aerosmith) and businesses (e.g., Apple, Procter & Gamble, BMW, Harley-Davidson). My favorite insight from the book: be clear about what you stand against, as well as what you stand for. I used to think I was the one eccentric who thought mainstream business should study the R&R playbook, but now I have lots of company.

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Cloud illusions

With Google Drive having now officially entered the  competition for  melee which is online storage services for personal documents, photos and other stuff, this is clearly an excellent opportunity for an entirely self-serving reprise of an earlier piece in which I consider the benefits/risks of using third-party networks of computer servers for hosting and sharing your files.

Joni Mitchell, an acknowledged cloud expert, expressed ambivalence on the subject in her song "Both Sides Now."

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What makes a music act great?

I recently guest posted at Joel Canfield's by-product-of-a-lifetime-of-musical-ingestion "Know Your Music.com".

For completeness-and-neatness, that piece should of course also be here.

Here's JC's intro and Facebook mention:

This O'Leary chap is a character.

A rebel in his own mind, he continues to swim upstream toward the book he claims he's writing about business lessons from rock.

Whether you just love music or want to spruce up your entrepreneurial menage, I urge you to read John's blog and buy his book, should he ever get around to finishing it.

Here's one of his insightful, inevitable-but-not-obvious business lessons from rock…

And now a lightly edited variant of the post…

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