Echo in the Canyon
Director: 
Andrew Slater
Year: 
2018
Rating: 
PG-13
Run Time: 
82 mins
Cast: 
Jakob Dylan, Fiona Apple, The Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, Beck, The Byrds, The Mamas and the Papas

"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.

"I have a feeling 'Echo in the Canyon' will be watched for decades into the future as the essential document of a very specific time and place that changed music forever." - Film Threat

"It’s the kind of music doc that makes you want to download about 50 songs — although you already should have most of them on your playlist." - Chicago Sun-Times

"If you care anything about the music of groups like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the ramshackle, engagingly anecdotal 'Echo in the Canyon' is required viewing." - Christian Science Monitor

"'Echo in the Canyon' offers a richly evocative and star-studded overview of the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene." - Variety