by Brendan Lee
Echo in the Canyon – Directed by Andrew Slater
Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon neighbourhood in the 60s was home to some of the most influential song-writers in music history.
With Echo in the Canyon, first-time director, Andrew Slater, teams up with Jakob Dylan (son of Bob Dylan), as they both lean back and reminisce about the long-forgotten time and place, interviewing many of the people who lived it.
From the Beach Boys to The Byrds and The Mamas and the Papas, the many interviewees’ memories of the time are a mix of drug-induced fogginess and romanticism that translates to all smiles.
Slater does a fantastic job reminding us that, although the time and place may have drifted out of reach, it’s the music that lasts forever.