Echo in the Canyon, where music was reborn

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Accompany Jakob Dylan on this journey through the music of the 1960s, alongside musical greats Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Norah Jones.

Echo in the Canyon, a documentary with the artists who filled the 1960s with music

It was the age of counterculture, of the hippie movement. It was also a great time for The Beatles, those Beatles who had changed their style and now represented the times, peace and love, spiritual experience, sexual freedom, experimentation with drugs and a connection to nature. Music had become one of the paths, the guiding voices, the road maps to life for these young people, and in this regard, The Beatles were a great inspiration to all those who dreamed of changing the world.

In the mid-1960s, the Laurel Canyon neighborhood in Hollywood Hills had become a major center for hippie culture in the United States. The neighborhood had—and still has—its particular features: it is relatively isolated from the city of Los Angeles, but at the same time easily accessible. And above all, it is located up high, among the hills and with an abundance of nature. It was the ideal spot for counterculture youth: distant from and at the same time close to the city (because at the end of the day, the hippie movement was an urban one), separated from reproving eyes and, as already mentioned, surrounded by mother nature.

Guided by Jakob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan and leader of the band The Wallflowers, the documentary Echo in the Canyon (2019) takes us on a journey through the first four years (1965 to 1969) in the life of Laurel Canyon, offering us a truly nostalgic glimpse into the historical roots of folk rock. The series features such iconic musicians and bands as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas. Interviewees include Ringo Starr, Tom Petty (in his final interview), David Crosby, Fiona Apple, Beck, Eric Clapton and Norah Jones.

Music journalist Andrew Slater makes his debut with Echo in the Canyon, delivering more than a documentary, a celebration of the years when the neighborhood of Laurel Canyon became a symbol of creativity, life and youth. As we hear at one point in the documentary, Laurel Canyon was the place where the great dreamers ended up.

Enjoy Echo in the Canyon, coming September 10th to HBO and HBO GO.

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