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"We were putting good poetry on the radio - pop radio." That's David Crosby's take on the seminal California folk-rock scene of 1965 to '67, an era explained lovingly and with due reverence in the hashish-scented documentary Echo in the Canyon.
What makes this more than just a movie for fans of that music -- and what music! -- is that it delves into what made that era such a creative cauldron, comparable in some ways, as the film points out, to Paris in the 1920s and '30s.
A film like this is catnip for the analytical hemisphere of my brain, as it details precisely how The Beatles led to The Byrds, and then in turn how The Beach Boys' landmark album, 'Pet Sounds,' inspired 'Sgt. Pepper.'
By keeping things short, sweet and dutifully tuneful, "Echo in the Canyon" is like the doc version of one of the period's sonic nuggets, leaving you with a peace/love/understanding high and a desire to break out the vinyl for more of the same.
Slightly wastes an opportunity to showcase the multigenerational reverberations of that movement because it never settles on a strong voice and specific vision to tie together their recollections into a cohesive story.