Echo in the Canyon

I watched an excellent documentary on Netflix this week about folk music in the mid-1960s. This music laid the groundwork for the transformation of folk music from acoustic to electric. Although I was only nine years old at the time, I soon became an ardent follower of these musicians. 

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the popular music that came out of L.A.’s Laurel Canyon neighborhood in the mid-60s. The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas cemented the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to L.A. to emulate The Beatles. They would put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. The film contains candid conversations and performances with the era’s various musicians. Host Jakob Dylan talks with slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last film interview). In addition, he interviews contemporary musicians such as Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones. Eric Clapton describes how George Harrison used chord structures from a Beach Boys song when writing Tomorrow Never Knows.

Mom and dad had a console stereo in the living room of our first house in Springfield. It had an adapter that would let you play a stack of 45 RPM records. What a luxury in 1965. I remember listening to California Dreamin’ while playing paper football on the living room table. So what are some of your favorite memories of these musicians?


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4 Responses to Echo in the Canyon

  1. Grace James says:

    Love The Beach Boys! Always have, but I didn’t know they influenced the Beetles.

  2. Charlotte Noonan says:

    Nice to see your post. Remembering this time period brings back my youth. What a great time it was for music, love, laughter and dreams. Thanks for reminding me.

  3. Brenda says:

    Thanks for the memory, Brad! I’m feeling very nostalgic, remembering these sounds…

  4. Beth says:

    I’ve been off the blogging circuit for a while and this post was indeed refreshing to see! I need to pull this up on Netflix and watch it. The Air Force took us to Southern California in 1967 and it was there that I fell in love with rock and roll music. I listened to the radio constantly and the groups of that day ingrained their music in my soul! My Girl Scout troop visited one of the local radio stations and I always felt I was there spinning those records!

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