The enduring myth that Liverpool’s music history begins and ends with The Beatles is exploded in a new documentary, as this exclusive clip of BIG IN JAPAN’s Jayne Casey indicates.
Get Back documents the real story of Liverpool’s music outpourings, from postwar years to present day. It’s a story of a city where literally thousands of bands and artists, hundreds of clubs, promoters and managers put on the biggest, loudest and longest party in history. This eye-opening documentary film features definitive interviews and live performances from bands, club owners and managers including previously unseen footage of Sir Paul McCartney.
Liverpool’s contribution to world culture is arguably as important as the Renaissance artists of Florence or the Elizabethan playwrights in London. In the golden period of Merseybeat the city was host to over 1000 bands and 500 venues as well as being the home of the UK’s largest C&W scene, a hundred Skiffle groups, jazz bands and folk. Bigger than anything that had gone before, Merseybeat generated the greatest tectonic shift in popular culture in the last 1000 years with a music revolution that rocked the world.
In the 1970’s it started again with a new scene and yet another cellar club at its heart – Eric’s. Here, the new wave owed nothing to Beatles. Bands such as DEAF SCHOOL, ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN, THE TEARDROP EXPLODES, WAH! HEAT (pictured) and Big In Japan led the way.
Released digitally and on DVD on 22 August, Get Back is available to pre-order on Amazon.