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Echo In the Canyon (2019)



Critic Consensus: A thoroughly entertaining look at the Laurel Canyon scene as well as the musical history surrounding it, Echo in the Canyon is essential viewing for rock doc fans.

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Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today. Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.

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There is ... some desperately bland film-making on display here

June 8, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A celebration of the folk-rock-pop explosion in the West Coast in the mid-Sixties, this documentary-cum-concert movie is tailor-made for music geeks.

June 7, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The movie is a glorious tribute.

June 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Slater didn't need to get every last Canyon musician on camera, but to avoid mentioning many of them altogether is a total dereliction of duty.

June 5, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Several of the talking heads and reminiscences were part of Jon Brewer's nostalgic documentary Legends of the Canyon: The Origins of West Coast Rock (2010), but Slater's film is slicker, better photographed, and more revealing.

March 20, 2020 | Full Review…

"Echo in the Canyon" tells a story about a very specific time and place in music, and Young lets the music do the talking for him.

June 30, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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