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A documentary DVD about the legendary classic rock band Y&T—over 40 years in the making.
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Update: Thanks to all of your pledges, posts, tweets and sharing, we have reached our initial goal. So now it’s official, Y&T CAN MAKE THEIR DOCUMENTARY!

There are still 22 days left on the campaign. This, of course still allows everyone the opportunity to purchase a copy of the documentary (with the special bonus footage only available during this Kickstarter campaign), and any of the other great rewards that you could never get if it wasn’t for this campaign. Also, besides the high cost of producing and distributing more and more copies of the documentary and the other memorabilia reward items, the extra funds can now help pay for better production costs, clearances of film and TV clips, filming interviews, etc. all making this documentary better and better.

So keep up the good work and keep sharing, let’s make this documentary the best it can be, the legacy of Y&T deserves this and you the fans deserve this. Thank you all for your continued support.

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The Campaign

In the past we would ask a record company or a big corporation for funding, and in exchange, sign away rights and artistic control on the project. But with your help we can do it differently this time and tell the real story the way it should be told, by the band themselves, uncut, with all the nitty-gritty and stories that you want to hear to create a film that you want to see.

We are very excited about the rise of crowdfunding. This gives the opportunity for your participation and input, resulting in a product made together by you and the band.

The Film

This documentary, narrated by Eddie Trunk and told by front man Dave Meniketti, along with interviews of past and present band members, will tell the great story that is Y&T by the guys who lived it. From the days of rehearsing in the front room at Leonard’s grandmother’s house in Oakland, California, to the present day celebrating over 40 years, you’ll hear about: the early days touring with their Volkswagen van and a pickup truck, the crazy stories of recording the first two Yesterday & Today albums, meeting Bill Graham and opening for Journey, Boston and Queen, the band’s big breaks recording and touring overseas, being on the road with AC/DC, Ozzy and Dio, the short-lived breakup in the early ’90s, the reformation 3 years later, a tribute to Phil, and much more.

The band has hundreds of hours of never-before-seen personal footage, concert clips, interviews, and thousands of personal pictures to sift through that will visually take you through the journey that they traveled.

There will be rare footage and audio clips of performances old and new, from the band’s first shows to the legendary concerts and festivals.

Also interviews with rock star celebrities from the many bands who have worked with and were influenced by Y&T, plus great stories from the band’s producers, engineers and roadies over the years.

The Rewards

You get to be involved in the making of this DVD, and together we will make a product that we all want. Also, you will be using your voice and your pledge to tell music corporations that you are a valid audience who deserve a say in the music products being made.

To thank you for your help we’ve put together an entertaining variety of rewards that are available exclusively to those who help us out. From the most modest pledge, to the very generous, there’s something for everyone. Choose from DVDs, autographed collectables, access to sound checks, exclusive meet & greets, and more.

For something more exciting and personal, you can choose to go wine tasting with Dave & Jill, play golf with John, have Mike or Brad play on your song, or even talk one-on-one with Dave on the phone. You can get your name in the credits, become and executive producer, or even be in Y&T’s DVD yourself!

Plus, as a special campaign offer: Every copy of Y&T’s Documentary DVD, purchased during this Kickstarter campaign only, will include special bonus footage.If you wait and purchase the Documentary after the campaign ends, you will not get this bonus footage, as it will not be included in the regular DVD.

Take a look at all of the options here on our project page and make your choice today.

For all of our backers we will be releasing sneak peeks and updates along the way, so you’ll feel right there in the copilot seat for this ride.

What We Need You to Do

We can’t do this without your help.

A pledge of any size today is greatly appreciated. Beyond that, we ask that you help us publicize this campaign by posting updates about your support on social media—especially Facebook and Twitter. Your donation and participation makes you just as much a part of this project.

The Clock Is Ticking

We’ve only got a fixed number of days to meet our goal. If we fall short of this on the completion date, everyone gets the money they pledged returned to them and we give up. But we believe we can all pitch in and make this work. So take a look at the video trailer that we have prepared above and then jump in and back us today. Show us you want this DVD. Thank you.

Risks and challenges

We want each and every one of you to be happy, and we’ll do what it takes to make that happen. We’ve studied many other successful campaigns and talked to friends who’ve had success on Kickstarter, and we’ve created an ample budget to cover costs and overhead to ensure the ability to fulfill our promises. If we do run into an unforeseen problem, we’ll work it out.

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    YOU HAVE THE POWER:

    By pledging $10 or more, you are showing your support for artists to produce independent products. To show our gratitude, we will thank you personally in a post on the Y&T Facebook page.

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    YOU HAVE THE POWER:

    By pledging $10 or more, you are showing your support for artists to produce independent products. To show our gratitude, we will thank you personally in a post on the Y&T Facebook page.

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    GET THE DOCUMENTARY DVD:

    Here’s what you’ve been waiting for. You will receive a copy of Y&T’s Documentary DVD, over 40 years in the making. AND IF YOU ACT NOW: This DVD will include special bonus footage that is available only during this Kickstarter campaign. If you wait and purchase the Documentary after the campaign ends, you will not get this special bonus footage. What a deal!

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    GET AN AUTOGRAPHED DOCUMENTARY DVD:

    You’ll receive an autographed copy of Y&T’s Documentary DVD, signed by the band—pretty cool! This autographed DVD will also include the special bonus footage that is available only during this Kickstarter campaign.

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    THE MEAN STREAK PACKAGE:

    For the collector: You’ll receive an autographed copy of Y&T’s Documentary DVD, signed by the band, including the special bonus footage that is available only during this Kickstarter campaign. Plus you’ll also receive an autographed band photo, personally signed by the band.

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    THE FACEMELTER PACKAGE:

    For the true fan/collector: You’ll receive an autographed copy of Y&T’s Documentary DVD, signed by the band, including the special bonus footage that is available only during this Kickstarter campaign. Plus an autographed band photo, and a collectable drumhead, also signed by the band. Now we’re talking!

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    BRAD WILL PLAY BASS ON YOUR RECORDING:

    For all you songwriters and bands out there, Y&T bassist Brad Lang will play bass on your recording, remotely, over the internet. PLUS you’ll get THE MEAN STREAK PACKAGE. (Recording is limited to 1 song, maximum 5 minutes, you will supply your song’s separate tracks and click track. Brad will work out the details with you after purchase. He also has the right to refuse and refund.

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    MIKE WILL PLAY DRUMS ON YOUR RECORDING:

    For all you songwriters and bands out there, Y&T drummer Mike Vanderhule will play drums on your recording, remotely, over the internet. PLUS you’ll get THE MEAN STREAK PACKAGE. (Recording is limited to 1 song, maximum 5 minutes, you will supply your song’s separate tracks and click track. Mike will work out the details with you after purchase. He also has the right to refuse and refund. (Read how this service works at www.MikeVanderhule.com).

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    WATCH Y&T SOUND CHECK & PRIVATE MEET AND GREET: Ever wonder what goes on at a Y&T sound check? You and your guest will get to attend a before-show sound check and exclusive Meet & Greet at any Y&T headlining (NON-FESTIVAL) show on their 2015 world tour (concert tickets travel expenses and accommodations are not included; time and date to be coordinated after purchase). PLUS you'll also get AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY DVD.

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    YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS:

    To show our gratitude for your generous support, your name will appear as a special thank you in the documentary's closing credits. PLUS you’ll get AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY DVD, including the special bonus footage. How cool is that?

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    YOU GET TO BE IN THE DOCUMENTARY:

    Here’s your chance to appear in the documentary— during the feature film, intro, closing, or bonus material (director's discretion). In a 15-second video that you create and send to us, using your smart phone or video camera, you get tell a brief story about Y&T, reveal your favorite Y&T song and why, your favorite Y&T show, what the band means to you, how you met the love of your life at a Y&T show, whatever! Shoot it alone, with a friend or a group and get as creative as you want. (Videos must be high quality; the director reserves the right to edit all submitted videos, and Y&T has the right to refuse your video and refund your pledge). PLUS AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY DVD, including the special bonus footage.

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    TALK ON THE PHONE WITH JOHN, BRAD OR MIKE:

    Have questions for one of the guys, or ever wanted to talk to them one-on-one? You’ll get a 20-minute, one-on-one personal phone call with either guitarist John Nymann, bassist Brad Lang, or drummer Mike Vanderhule. So store up all your questions and thoughts, now’s your chance! (Time and date coordinated after purchase). PLUS you’ll get THE MEAN STREAK PACKAGE.

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    GET AN AUTOGRAPHED FACEMELTER BASS DRUM HEAD:

    You’ll get a 22” Facemelter bass drum head with the Y&T logo and fire breathing dragon (just like the one Mike uses on stage) and signed by the band.

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    GET AN AUTOGRAPHED FACEMELTER BASS DRUM HEAD + AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY DVD:

    You’ll get a 22” Facemelter bass drum head with the Y&T logo and fire breathing dragon (just like the one Mike uses on stage) and signed by the band. PLUS AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY DVD, including the special bonus footage.

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    PHONE CALL WITH DAVE MENIKETTI:

    Ever dream of talking to Dave one-on-one? You’ll get the rare opportunity to talk to Y&T frontman, Dave Meniketti, in a 20-minute, one-on-one phone call (time and date coordinated after purchase). Store up all of your thoughts, stories and questions, and fire away—he’s all yours! PLUS you’ll get THE MEAN STREAK PACKAGE.

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    PLAY GOLF WITH JOHN:

    Do you like to play golf? Would you like to spend 3 or 4 hours playing golf with John Nymann? You’ll get the chance to play a round of Golf with Y&T’s very own golf pro, guitarist John Nymann, at a San Francisco Bay Area Golf Course (green fees included). You may even persuade him into having a drink after in the clubhouse! (Available individually or get your buddies to play together with John. Travel expenses and accommodations are not included. Time, date and location to be coordinated after purchase).PLUS you'll also get AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY DVD.

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    WINE TASTING WITH DAVE & JILL: Imagine hanging out, sipping good wine and talking with your favorite rock star and his wife, Y&T’s manager—this will be pretty cool! You and your guest will go wine tasting with Dave & Jill Meniketti at Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos, CA (travel expenses and accommodations are not included; timing to be coordinated after purchase). PLUS you'll also get AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY DVD.

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    YOU GET THE AUTOGRAPHED MINI-KETTI HANDMADE 1/3 SCALE EXACT REPLICA GUITAR:

    The Mini-Ketti Les Paul is a very collectable 1:3 scale replica. Handcrafted with a Mahogany body and neck, a one piece maple top w/ a Indian rosewood fret board with a cherry burst finish. All hardware and designs true to Dave Meniketti's '68 Gibson Les Paul including the 40 plus years of the on-stage wear and tear which has made his guitar an iconic piece in Rock. This is only the 2nd of 2, Dave himself owns the other (see photos under update #4). To make this even more collectable, Dave will sign it. PLUS you'll also get AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY DVD (To find out more about the builder, Guitars by Vinnie, and this amazingly crafted guitar, go to www.facebook.com/GBVArt).

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    YOU ARE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

    The highest honor of them all . . . executive producer! Your name will appear as executive producer, prominently displayed within the opening credits! PLUS AN AUTOGRAPHED DOCUMENTARY DVD, with the special bonus footage, and an AUTOGRAPHED BAND PHOTO, both with a special personalized thank you to you. PLUS 3 ADDITIONAL AUTOGRAGHED DOCUMENTARY DVDs, including the special bonus footage, for you to give to your friends,

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    YOU GET THE ORIGINAL Y&T BACKDROP:

    Yes it’s true! Y&T is willing to part ways with this hugely collectable piece of their history! For the ultimate fan or collector of Rock-n-Roll memorabilia: You will own the original Y&T backdrop that was with the band all through the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. A bit tattered, showing cool signs of road wear (gaff tape included), this huge backdrop proudly displays the giant gold Y&T logo. PLUS: To make it even more collectable, the backdrop will be SIGNED BY MOST EVERY MEMBER WHO PLAYED IN THE BAND. This is truly a piece of Rock-n-Roll history. PLUS you'll also get AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY DVD.

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