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Come Together: A Beatles Tribute Documentary

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Here's something a bit different for Beatles fans; a film about Beatles tribute bands. Amazingly, there are an estimated 8000 Beatles tribute bands working worldwide; Come Together focuses on a handful of them like 1964 The Tribute, The Cavern Beat, The Fab Four, The Mersey Beatles and American English. Most of the film is clips of these bands performing and explaining the rigors they have to go through to be authentic in their mimicry; in choosing proper period attire, picking guitar strings that'll give a vintage tone and studying film of the Beatles to pick up on the most subtle of mannerisms. A few bands aren't concerned with looking the part; content with just being sound-alikes, Swedish band Pepperland has five members and don't look like the mop tops at all. Then there's the all-female group The Beatelles and a real oddity in Japanese tribute act Aspreys whose members don't speak a word of English; they sing every word of their set phonetically. The film also delves into the personalities of some of the tribute band members; here viewers will find out what motivates the players as well as little nuggets like the curious fact that the "George Harrison" of Las Vegas-based The Fab Four, Gavin Pring, previously worked as a tax man in England where the real George Harrison penned the Beatles song "Tax Man." In a nice touch the film is narrated by John Lennon's half-sister Julia Baird and there's also footage showing her revisiting a couple of significant Beatles spots around Liverpool

Come Together: A Beatles Tribute Documentary
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