Earlier this year [Kobe] Bryant heard a story about Michael Jackson, one of his idols. It was about how, before Thriller came out, Jackson was obsessed with the Bee Gees, and in particular their Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which then was the best-selling album of all time. Determined to eclipse the Bee Gees, Jackson began listening to Saturday Night Fever over and over. Such was his obsession that for two years straight, Jackson told friends, he listened to the album 10 times a day, until he knew every note, every beat. Until he’d internalized it, deciphered its magic and taken it for his own. A year later Thriller came out. It went on to sell more than 60 million copies and become the best-selling album of all time.

When Bryant first heard this anecdote, he was ecstatic. “I f——— love that story,” Bryant said. Here, crystallized, was everything Bryant held dear: the value of work ethic and passion and obsessive quests, all doused in mythology.

"Twighlight the Saga: The Final Fascinating Days of a Legend" by Chris Ballard

….all doused in mythology. 

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