The following is taken from The Guardian newspaper:
"We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on their way out." - Decca Records rejecting The Beatles in 1962.
"The biggest no talent I ever worked with." - Decca boss rejecting Buddy Holly.
"I give the Rolling Stones about another two years." - Mick Jagger in 1964.
"Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." - Film company's verdict on Fred Astaire's 1928 screen test.
"You have a chip on your tooth, your Adam's apple sticks out too far and you talk too slow." - Film executive rejecting Clint Eastwood in 1959.
"Reagan doesn't have the presidential look." - Film producer rejecting Ronald Reagan for the role of president in 1964.
"You ought to go back to driving a truck." - Concert manager firing Elvis Presley in 1954.
"Forget it. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel." - MGM executive advising against investing in Gone With The Wind.
"You'd better learn secretarial skills or else get married." - Modelling agency rejecting Marilyn Monroe in 1944.
"That rainbow song's no good. Take it out." - MGM memo after the initial showing of The Wizard of Oz, referring to Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
"It will never be generally read." - Newspaper review of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights in 1849.
"We are willing to return the manuscript." - publisher rejecting Jane Austin's novel, Northanger Abbey.
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