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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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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


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


The birth of the California sound


Documentary | Music


PG-13 | See all certifications »


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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$117,651, 26 May 2019

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mirror Films See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 (it's played back blurry so it's difficult to tell who it is). See more »


References How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) See more »

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Young Man, until you learn to appreciate the ART......
10 June 2019 | by princeofmontecitoSee all my reviews

I saw this film yesterday in Santa Barbara. After telling some guy to turn off his cellphone. Never saw the little theater so crowded. The film was a spoonful of Laurel Canyon music honey when there is so much more to tell. Music is personal. Yesterday I finished writing a song out in the trees and hills of Gaviota on my 12 string guitar. The song is called "Tom Petty's Gone." A friend picked me up and we had a picnic on the road to where Jackson Browne lives. We were then headed into town to see "Echo In the Canyon." A film reveals the intent of the story, the viewer then likes it or not. Crosby, Stills, Nash. Brian Wilson. Roger McGuinn and others were sharing stories. Absent were Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and other untold tales. This morning I woke up feeling what the film drove home for me. What happened to us ? Many of us were open and the music was the reflection of that beautiful spirit. People today are what happened to them. Peace and love was not a game for me. Miracles happen when we listen and talk to one another. So at the end of the film, it was dedicated to Tom Petty. While I was finishing my song yesterday, I wondered what Mike Campbell would do with the lead guitar part. He's a beautiful person, very kind. But, I can't make that phone call since I am not connected. I laughed thinking if I went to David Crosby's house and asked him to listen to the song, would he invite me in? Joan Baez's father picked me up hitchhiking once and asked me to play my guitar. I said no. He drops me off by Stanford University and says, "Young man, until you learn to appreciate the art for the art itself, it doesn't matter if two people, or two thousand people clap for you." True wisdom, but I wish you could hear my song. I felt like I lost a brother when Tom died. Keep on keepin on.

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