Echo in the Canyon (2018) - Documentary, Music

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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.

Director: Andrew Slater
Stars: Lou Adler, Fiona Apple
Length: 82 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 14 out of 86 found boring (16.27%)

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I love movie documentaries, but this one quickly grew boring .

Echo in the Canyon (2019) - 7.5Act 1 - 7.4Act 2 - 7.5Act 3 - 7.7 Insightful and fun interviews with music icons about other iconsAbout how these musicians changed popular music for years to comeAll these musician kept influencing each other and musical limits and made great music in the processA lot of great archived footage and musicGreat stories to accompany songsAll of this is happening as Jakob Dylan is interviewing everyone and recording his own versions of these songsFilm gels together well with all the different aspectsLove for this area in LA during the 60'sFreedom and collaborationReally was the most important and influential time in music and my personal favoriteAll these bands getting together and playing off each other, incredible timeGreat insight into the times and musicCould have been better if it focused more on the groups and gotten more stories about the time instead of Dylan performing themStill a very enjoyable film with plenty to offer

A combination of fascinating and frustrating.

Lightweight but Entertaining .

For those of us married to artists, it's always fascinating to me to understand a bit more of how they think and to see what makes them tick.

It doesn't quite qualify as historical documentary because it starts late and ends early, but it still took me back to my coming of age under the influence of the artists in the film and the drugs of the time.

Entertaining .

I'm a little surprised by all the rave reviews on the site - perhaps people are confusing the great music that was showcased, with a good documentary, which this was certainly not.

His singing is somewhat dry as well, but strangely it often works as he brings more life to his fairly deep singing voice in counterpoint to his accompanying singers who deliver much more rousing vocals.

Stephen Stills likewise doesn't seem in good health and speaks in rather awkward, disjointed sentences.

It's fascinating to listen as Brian explains 4 different local studios were used to cut "Good Vibrations" because of the various sounds needed.

I saw it on DVD from my public library, I skipped over the boring parts.

Wonderfulthe, nostalgic music dominates this fascinating, entertaining, uplifting, informative, 88-minute, 2018 documentary narrated by Jakob Dylan that examines the birth and influence of popular folk-rock music from bands such as The Beach Boys, The Association, The Mamas and the Papas, The Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield in Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and showcases music from both rehearsals and a 2015 concert at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, archival film footage, and interviews with singers and musicians such as Tom Petty, Brian Wilson, Michelle Phillips, Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, Graham Nash, Stephen Sills, David Crosby, Lou Alder, Beck, Eric Clapton, Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Jade Castrinos, and Regina Spektor.

Jakob Dylan is the WORST interviewer, the worst musician, a weak lame singer and BORING.

However, his list of start studded interviewees are full of intriguing historical music stories that will keep you glued to the screen.

There's talk of cooperation, competition, and ultimately thrilling influences they all share and exploit.

There are brief snippets of vintage performances and some are thrilling.

So, despite my misgivings about several aspects of the production, I highly recommend it to both people who will relish the nostalgic glory and people who are genuinely curious about the musical artists who were part of such a uniquely creative period and influenced so many who have followed them, steeped in their powerful music.

Better to see the splendid and thoroughly engrossing documentary "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.

The footage in the studio was also very poorly shot along with the pointless, endless "coffee table" footage.

Even those of us who vaguely remember those far off days will still find a coherent retelling, featuring as many of the remaining alive participants, a compelling watch.

For any music aficionado of any age, the story of Laurel Canyon and its famous residents in the mid-sixties should be fascinating.

Dylan's lack of journalistic ability means that some potentially riveting musical and nostalgic insights are untapped.


The recreations, performed live in a concert and in the recording studio are very uninspiring.

Dylan appears bored at times during the interviews.

The discussion of "cross-pollination" among different band members and even across the pond in connection with The Beatles is both plausible and exciting to hear about, particularly when merged with actual recordings and sessions of the day.

The interviews were entertaining, and the music was great.

Incredibly dull .

I saw this the other evening and enjoyed it a lot.

The concert part is rather boring and bland.

Short but entertaining documentary on the emergence of so-Cal rock .

Self-indulgent and missing stuff .

I enjoyed the film immensely and highly recommend it.

More of a self-indulgent home movie than a documentary .

) enjoyable.

These must be some of the most boring rock concert extracts ever filmed!

He's pretty fascinating and carries a similar quiet authority to his famous father.

I thought it was amazingly self indulgent.

A lot of the new musicians re create old tired boring and uninspired covers of the fantastic great original songs.

Yes, there are interviews and archival footage but way too much time is devoted to Jakob Dylan and some concert he put together featuring thinly talented contemporary musicians singing those songs and offering banal observations about an era before they were born.

What might be notes for a movie - a longer project which would have covered that fascinating scene in detail.

He is a competent enough, yet uninspiring performer of the B-sides of these great bands.

I wanted to be immersed in the stories and music of that time and instead they kept pulling the viewer into crappy Jakob Dylan rehearsals and cover band concert footage so we only ended up skimming the surface on a subject that has a lot lot lot more to offer which I felt was a shame.

Modern tributes to the songs of the 1960s are mostly a waste of time.