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Echo In the Canyon (2019)

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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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"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…

May the echoes from the Canyon be heard for centuries to come.

June 21, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

How did an apparently sincere tribute turn into such a weirdly clueless vanity project?

June 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Consistently amiable, if a bit wandery, "Echo in the Canyon" provides a good time, too.

June 13, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"We were putting good poetry on the radio - pop radio." That's David Crosby's take on the seminal California folk-rock scene of 1965 to '67, an era explained lovingly and with due reverence in the hashish-scented documentary Echo in the Canyon.

June 6, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There are no huge revelations, but there are funny stories.

June 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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