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MOVIE REVIEW

‘Echo in the Canyon’

Music that outlived its era

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So, this film is not for everyone, but it was for me. It covers a time when music was real and unique, the mid- to late-‘60s, and a place where some of it came to be, the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles.

Admitting my prejudice to a film that offers information about one of my all-time favorite bands, Buffalo Springfield, I was taken back to a much better time when I had fewer responsibilities, listened to music whenever I could and ate too much pizza. 

Jakob Dylan – Bob’s son – is the interviewer, as he visits with such musical luminaries as Michelle Phillips, now white-haired but completely open about her love of freedom from that time; Ringo Starr; the late, great Tom Petty, who offers much of the information; Jon Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful; Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, and Nash (& Young); David Crosby, the hedonist of the musical world; producer Lou Adler; Brian Wilson, who wrote most of the Beach Boys hits; Eric Clapton; Jackson Browne; and Roger McGuinn, a member of The Byrds, a band that was admired by The Beatles. Sadly, The Doors are overlooked, several of whose members lived in the canyon during the era covered by this film.

Dylan visits with all of them and more current performers such as Fiona Apple, Beck, and Norah Jones, who add their perspectives on that time in music.

Interspersed with the interviews are clips of some great music, both well-known and obscure, plus performances by Dylan with others.  

Every generation has its own music, but the ‘60s were responsible for a lot of changes that still work to this day.  

Although I can’t compare Eric Clapton to Kanye West.

Jeff Berg has been reviewing movies for the Bulletin since 2002. He lives in Santa Fe and may be reached at nedludd76@hotmail.com.

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