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Echo in the Canyon (2018)

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

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Andrew Slater
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lou Adler ... Himself
Fiona Apple ... Herself
The Beach Boys ... Themselves (archive footage)
Beck ... Himself
Justine Bennett ... Herself
Jackson Browne ... Himself
Buffalo Springfield ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Byrds ... Themselves (archive footage)
Jade Castrinos ... Herself
Eric Clapton ... Himself
David Crosby ... Himself
Jakob Dylan ... Himself
Norah Jones ... Herself
The Mamas and the Papas ... Themselves (archive footage)
Roger McGuinn ... Himself
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A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The birth of the California sound

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Echo in the Canyon See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$117,651, 26 May 2019

Gross USA:

$3,339,501

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,339,501
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Mirror Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A segment of Buffalo Springfield performing a medley of "For What Its Worth" and "Mr Soul" is shown. Neil Young is shown playing to the bassist, who is sitting just barely inside the range of camera and with his back to the camera. Buffalo Springfield's bassist Bruce Palmer had recently been deported to Canada on drug charges and one of the roadies had to stand in for him at the last moment. Although they were lip syncing to the song, they didn't want to reveal that the roadie couldn't play the bass; thus, he was seated with his back to the camera. See more »

Crazy Credits

The entire closing credits sequence plays over footage of one of the musicians playing guitar in a recording booth (the song is credited to Neil Young, near the end of the credit roll), See more »

Connections

Features Model Shop (1969) See more »

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For what it's worth
27 June 2019 | by decopix-66044See all my reviews

If I hadn't read so many rave reviews I might not have been disappointed. But I did, and I was. The only person who shoud be unabashedly in love with this movie is John Hall.

Put it this way. If you're the sort of person who believes older is always better and the sequel never equals the original, Echo In The Canyon will not change your mind.

The celebrity cast speaks for itself. There is the heartbreaking charm of Tom Petty and suprising late in life wisdom from David Crosby. But the film seems to be about a group of young performers trying to capture what it was like, based in part on the movie Model Shop. Seriously. It could be worse; someday people will study City Of Industry or Miracle Mile as realistic documents of what L.A. was like.

There are brief snippets of vintage performances and some are thrilling. Like Buffalo Springfield doing a seque from For What It's Worth to Mr. Soul. But the movie works it's way toward a tribute concert and unfortunately, none of the rehearsals or performances can match, let alone improve on, the originals. And that makes the whole thing kind of melancholy.


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