While it’s an interesting, entertaining and perhaps selective look at this formative era of pop music, the film has been criticised for omitting the music of other rock luminaries who lived in the Canyon back then, including Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, The Doors’ Jim Morrison, as well as Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork from The Monkees.
Surprisingly, Graham Nash who was shacked up with Joni Mitchell at the time, never once mentions her.
Perhaps fees were involved or maybe they just didn’t want to take part?
Son of actress Doris Day, Melcher produced The Byrds’ first two albums Mr. Tambourine (1965) and Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965).
The producer met with Manson at 10050 Cielo Drive, the home that he shared with girlfriend, actress Candice Bergen — the same address where Sharon Tate and four others were later killed in a home invasion.
However, Echo in the Canyon includes some great anecdotes from Ringo Star about a visit he and George Harrison paid to The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, Michelle Philips’ confession that she was a free spirit who had many relationships and Eric Clapton’s story about the time Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were raided by the police.
The dialogue in Echo in the Canyon is not scripted and some of it is a bit lame. Some even makes the stars sound childish and poorly informed.
Dylan’s reaction, or should we say lack of reaction, to a profound statement by Graham Nash about the ability of music to change the world is disappointing to say the least.
The film opens with Tom Petty and Jakob Dylan checking out amps and Rickenbacker guitars in a music store and is in fact dedicated to the memory of Petty who died of a drugs overdose in 2017 before its release.
In contrast the closing credits show a solo, balding Neil Young delivering one of his manic guitar solos, that quite frankly in this context makes him look pathetic — maybe it’s payback for not playing ball?
Update: Sadly, it has been announced that David Crosby has passed away after a long illness.