Echo in the Canyon Film Screening

Echo in the Canyon Film Screening

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.


Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the Laurel Canyon scene via never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today. Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (Mamas & the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby (The Byrds), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash and slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last film interview) as well as contemporary musicians influenced by their music such as Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.

American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, born October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, USA. Father of Adria Petty. Passed away October 2, 2017, Santa Monica, California, USA.

Brian Wilson

American songwriter, producer, arranger and musician, co-founder and leader of The Beach Boys. Born 20 June 1942 in Inglewood, California, USA. From late 1964 to 1979, Wilson was married to Marilyn Rovell, with whom he had daughters Carnie and Wendy who became members of both The Wilsons and Wilson Phillips. Son of Murry Wilson and Audree Wilson. Brother of Dennis Wilson (2) and Carl Wilson and cousin of Mike Love.

Jakob Dylan

Born: December 9, 1969, New York City, New York.

Son of Bob Dylan and brother of Jesse Dylan.

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr is the pseudonym of Sir Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940 in Liverpool, England, UK) a British musician, singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. He was the drummer for The Beatles.

Eric Clapton

Prolific English blues-rock guitarist, singer and composer affectionately known as "Slow Hand". Born 30 March, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England, UK.
His holding company is Marshbrook Limited.
Received the Order of the British Empire (CBE-Commander).
Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 (Performer)
Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001

Stephen Stills

American guitarist and songwriter, born January 3, 1945 in Dallas, Texas. Member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Roger McGuinn

Roger McGuinn (born July 13, 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American musician, best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist of The Byrds.

Michelle Phillips

Born June 4th, 1944, in Long Beach, California.

Starred in television series Knots Landing.

Mother of Chynna Phillips of group Wilson Phillips.

David Crosby

Born: August 14, 1941, Los Angeles, California

Graham Nash

Graham Nash, OBE (born 2 February 1942, Blackpool, Lancashire, England) is an English singer-songwriter and musician.

In the early 1960's he co-founded The Hollies. In 1965 Nash with Allan Clarke and Tony Hicks (2), formed Gralto Music Ltd., a publishing company who handled their own songs and later signed the young Reg Dwight (aka Elton John – who played piano and organ on The Hollies 1969 and 1970 recordings). In 1968, he left The Hollies to form the folk "supergroup" Crosby, Stills & Nash. Nash became an American citizen on 14 August 1978 and holds dual citizenship of the UK and United States. Nash is a photography collector and a published photographer. Many of Nash's albums and mixes were done in his San Francisco home studio Rudy Records's.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997 and as a member of The Hollies in 2010. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jackson Browne

Born: October 9, 1948, U.S. Army base, Heidelberg, Germany

Singer and songwriter.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 (Performer).
Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Fiona Apple

American singer-songwriter and pianist, born September 13, 1977 in New York City, New York.

American musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. born July 8, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Son of David Campbell and Bibbe Hansen, grandson of Al Hansen. He is married to Marissa Ribisi.
When his parents split, he and his younger brother stayed with their mother. Beck dropped out of school at the age of 14 and drifted around for about a decade, ending up back in Los Angeles. While playing some open mic events, he got noticed by the little local label, Bong Load Custom Records. In 1993, "Loser" was released to the world in a limited pressing of 500 copies and sent out to radio DJs across the U.S. The song became quite popular, and Geffen signed Beck in November of 1993, giving him the freedom to work with independent labels and to make "uncommercial" music.

Joe Mogotsi

Joe Mogotsi, who has died of cancer aged 87, was the singer and lyricist of the Manhattan Brothers, the South African quartet that launched Miriam Makeba into the big time. He first trod the boards aged five or six, he said, when he featured in a concert by his bandleader father, David. Later, he joined a vocal group in his home town, Pimville, outside Johannesburg.

They played the black townships, but little of the takings filtered down to the singers. Mogotsi and three boys from his school broke away to form the Manhattan Brothers. The quartet was soon in demand over a wide area of the Transvaal. On leaving school in 1938, they widened their horizons, playing 32 villages on a tour of British Bechuanaland (now Botswana).

Their breakthrough came when Alec Delmont, in charge of recruitment for Gallo Africa, the African arm of the Decca record label, heard the brothers singing and tap dancing on a Johannesburg pavement and invited them to audition. The black vocalists and the white session musicians who barely acknowledged their existence were crammed into a stifling studio with a single microphone overhead. It went badly, but Delmont stuck with them. New releases were put on hold during the second world war as Gallo records were still pressed in London, but he found them work in Gallo's guitar factory.

After the war, many black South Africans moved to the cities, acquired sophisticated tastes and had just enough cash to buy a record player and the 78s to spin on them. Stylish and cool in an American way, the Manhattan Brothers were featured in Drum magazine sporting tuxedos and black bow ties, were heard on the radio, and seen in clubs. It was hard work – a typical show ran from 8pm to 4am so that the audience did not break the night curfew imposed on "natives".

The music, though not overtly political, was an expression of African joy and confidence. The songs were from American shows, gospel and spirituals, jazz and swing, but mixed with African choral and Zulu harmonies. The most enduring influence was the prewar American Mills Brothers, rooted in "barbershop" singing. Mogotsi composed most of the new material and also sang the leads. The band provided a platform for stars in the making – the trumpeter Hugh Masekela and the pianist Abdullah Ibrahim. But as they were paid a flat fee for recordings, there were no royalties. They never made a decent profit from the estimated 2-3m records sold by Gallo.

Yet Makeba, who owed her early success to the group, did benefit. In 1956 their song Lovely Lies, with vocals by Makeba, Mogotsi and Nathan Mdledle, became the first South African record in the US Billboard Top 100. Years later, doing well in the US, Makeba accepted royalties for her rendering of several Manhattan creations. Tackled at one point by Mogotsi, Makeba acknowledged the Brothers as composers and lyricists of some of their work, including her trademark Click Song, a traditional number adapted by Mogotsi.

In the 1950s the Manhattan Brothers were southern Africa's undisputed favourites. The Queen Mother heard them at the Rhodes centenary celebrations in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1953. By the end of the decade, however, record sales were sagging. The Brothers were rescued by the black musical King Kong, which swept triumphantly through South Africa, then ran for eight months in London in 1961 and toured Britain. Mdledle played the boxer King Kong, and Mogotsi his gangster rival, while Brothers Rufus Khoza and Ronnie Sehume had supporting roles.

The Brothers remained in London, but the euphoria was soon dissipated. One night, topping the bill in Birmingham, the quartet was dismayed to find the white support acts were paid more than them. In the age of the Beatles and the Stones, their offerings were no longer saleable. The quartet broke up, though Mogotsi never stopped composing. He performed rare gigs in London and landed small parts in films.

In 1971 he married the theatre impresario Pearl Connor. They co-wrote a book on the Manhattans, Mantindane: "He Who Survives" (2002). Mogotsi fought, unavailingly, for the release of 60 of the 200 surviving sides recorded by Gallo. The rest had been dumped. In 1990 the Manhattan Brothers were on stage again, harmonising at Wembley Stadium in front of Nelson Mandela, who had known them in the old days.

Pearl died in 2005. Mogotsi is survived by her children, Geraldine and Peter; and by his children, Hazel and Norah, from a previous relationship.

• Joe (Kolie) Mogotsi, singer and songwriter, born 24 April 1924; died 19 May 2011

Regina Spektor

Soviet-born American singer-songwriter and pianist, born 18 February 1980 in Moscow, Russian SFSR.

For the band Cat Power with Chan Marshall as member please use Cat Power (2).

American singer-songwriter, born 21 January 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

John Sebastian

Born: 17th March 1944 Greenwich Village, New York, New York, USA
American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Son of John Sebastian (2).

Lou Adler

American record producer, manager and director born 13 December 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was married to Shelley Fabares from 1964 to 1980 (divorced).

Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 (Ahmet Ertegun Award).

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