Echo in the Canyon

Echo in the Canyon

DVD - 2019
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Documentary celebrating 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. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film includes conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (the Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (the Mamas & the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby, Roger McGuinn (the Byrds), their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty, as well as contemporary musicians influenced by their music.
Publisher: [New York] :, Greenwich Entertainment,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ♭2019
Branch Call Number: DVD DOCMNTRY ECH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in., color
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Aug 03, 2020

Good story arc. Entertaining. The old performers are better than the younger performers IM less-than HO.

Feb 24, 2020

I enjoyed this movie, as I lived this music back when it was new. Music loving Millennials should watch this film so they know where some of todays music influences come from. So can you say it? Can you say "Ok Boomer"?

Feb 03, 2020

I had high hopes for this doc, but was quite disappointed. The history and related footage is interesting and a couple of the interviews are worthwhile, but Jakob Dylan is a charisma-less host and is not cut out to guide people through the history of a very important musical movement. And the new interpretations of the old songs are all pretty pointless, though I have to admit that I've never been a fan of Fiona Apple or Cat Power. There is a great documentary waiting to be made about the Laurel Canyon scene, but this isn't it.

Jan 30, 2020

Enjoyed this video, some current perspective from the movers and shakers in the California folk rock scene as it was developing. Loved hearing those voices and their perspectives all these years later. For example, there's a scene with a current-day Graham Nash, answering the question did he still believe that music can change the world. He said he firmly believes that in spite of evidence to the contrary, he really supported that. Stuff like that is great, as well as musings by some contemporary artists. The concert that played throughout is a waste of time, more well-trained pros doing old songs. The interviews were great.

multcolib_susannel Jan 25, 2020

Using interviews, and personal stories, Jakob Dylan takes close look at a The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Buffalo Springfield, Mamas and Papas and the way that they influenced California music and Rock-n Roll in the early 1960's. and how they were in turn influenced by British performers like Eric Clapton and The Beatles.

Jan 17, 2020

If you're a fan of Jakob Dylan then this documentary is for you. This was not what I was expecting and was deeply disappointed. I skipped through this in less than 20 minutes. Jakob Dylan doing versions of echo canyon classics with the likes of Fiona Apple and Beck is not what I signed up for, therefore the 1 star rating.

CCPL_Jason Jan 17, 2020

An excellent documentary covering the rise of the California Sound during the mid-60's.
This film is filled with interviews and performances from current and classic musical artists.
A must-see for any music aficionado.

Jan 06, 2020

How funny to read several reviews...obviously not music aficionados or have interest in how music developed. Apparently ones over 50 might enjoy this historic docu. Well done, amazing times, an age of fantastic development and the movement of artists with groups, styles. Can only compare it to The History of the Eagles or The Sound of My Voice. I'd like to own it.

Jan 04, 2020

A rather good documentary of an enclave in Los Angeles where much talent gathered in the mid-1960s to put together some of that era's best music. Through roaming interviews, Jakob Dylan plays both interviewer and musical interpreter (perhaps for copyright reasons), with some success.
David Crosby for once has interesting things to say, showing that he isn't entirely full of himself. A number of artists contribute musical insights, adding up to the slightly overcooked theme that the valley's musicians were iconic talents who infused the profound lyrics of folk into rock, while concocting a unique musical blend of elements that changed the pop-music landscape.
Those moves started with the Beatles and the Byrds, and on via Mama Cass Eliot, who hosted in her house talent such as John Sebastian, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and the Beach Boys.
Wilson himself relates that the pacing of California Girls came straight out of Bach, and declares his known reverence for the Beatles, notably for their 'Rubber Soul' album. Yet of course it was mutual given their considerable influence by his Pet Sounds album.
'In my Room' is 'analyzed' by Jackson Browne, who calls the song not much more than 'beautiful,' hardly plumbing its considerable depth (is he stoned for this?)—either in terms of its intricate harmonies, or the Wilsonian mental anguish that alone could have sparked such an inward, even desolate masterpiece.
Host Jakob D interviews Crosby, Tom Petty, Ringo, members of the Byrds, Michelle Philips and others, and sings several songs from the Canyon.
His is an effective, serviceable voice, but he wisely gathers up major talent, such as Norah Jones, Beck and others, who help him perform good covers of a few of the period's numbers.
Neither Joni nor The Bob make an appearance; the absence of the former seems especially odd. As the end approaches it is welcome, since you too may end up a little oversaturated with Jake's thinly developed theme, which a few sketchy illustrations and a heap of silent wows does not properly cover. Analysis takes more than genes and cool; some weightier historians or biographers might have been hired to flesh things out without making this dry.
Nicely filmed, in fine sound and conceptually well-focused albeit narrowly--for a neophyte audience with a marginal interest in the ins-and-outs of what happened there musically.
Together with the Rolling Stones recent Latin American Tour documentary, this stands among the best recent documentaries chronicling the music of the 1960s.

Dec 22, 2019

Many musicians I was not familiar with. Some of the older footage interesting.

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