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. Contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (Mamas & the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby (The Byrds), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash and slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last film interview) as well as contemporary musicians influenced by their music such as Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.
"A WONDERFULLY TEXTURED LOOK AT A VERY SPECIAL TIME IN MUSIC HISTORY”
- Niall Browne, Movies in Focus
“ECHO IN THE CANYON DEFTLY CAPTURES THE DIVERSITY OF INFLUENCES THAT LAUNCHED GROUNDBREAKING BANDS LIKE THE BYRDS, THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS AND BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD TO INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM"
- The Hollywood Reporter
"ONE OF THE MYSTERIES OF MUSIC IS HOW OFTEN IT COALESCES IN A SINGLE LOCATION... FOR AN ASTONISHINGLY NARROW ERA – 1965 TO 1967 – ONE SUCH PLACE WAS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND SPECIFICALLY, LAUREL CANYON”
- Cinema 365
Directed by Andrew Slater
Runtime: 82 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Music
Rated: PG: coarse language