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Echo In the Canyon

A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic music groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas.
(PG, 82 min.)

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Friday, Jun, 28

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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. [Metacritic]

Starring: Jacob Dylan, Beck, Buffalo Springfield, Eric Clapton, Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Jade Castrinos, Justine Bennett, Lou Adler, The Beach Boys, The Byrds
Director: Andrew Slater
Genre: Music, Biography

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"For rock 'n' rollers of all ages, it's mandatory viewing."

— Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

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

— Joe Leydon, Variety

"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."

— Andy Howell, Film Threat

"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."

— Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

"Rich with revealing observations and engaging anecdotes, Slater’s documentary skirts the nostalgia trap by entertainingly connecting with an impressive lineup of contemporary singer-songwriters referencing the influential '60s pop style with their own releases."

— Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

"A film like this is catnip for the analytical hemisphere of my brain, as it details precisely how The Beatles led to The Byrds, and then in turn how The Beach Boys' landmark album, 'Pet Sounds,' inspired 'Sgt. Pepper.'"

— Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

"By keeping things short, sweet and dutifully tuneful, "Echo in the Canyon" is like the doc version of one of the period's sonic nuggets, leaving you with a peace/love/understanding high and a desire to break out the vinyl for more of the same."

— Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times