Legends of the Canyon Review

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Legends of the Canyon Review

Postby davidasix » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:06 am

Saw this recently, which mentions Cass, John, and Michelle in the review:

http://moviecitynews.com/2010/08/dvd-wr ... -and-more/

Legends of the Canyon starts out as one movie, but ends up as quite another. For the first half-hour or so, Henry Diltz’ documentary portends to be just another movie in which a bunch of geezers reminisce about how much cooler things were in the ’60s, especially in Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon. Before long, though, those memories are supplemented by interviews with actual musicians, including Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Dallas Taylor, Michelle Phillips, Van Dyke Parks and members of America and Three Dog Night.

They not only discuss their own careers, but also the contributions of absentees Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, Mama Cass, John Phillips and others. More than any other entity, though, CSN&Y is the sun around which the talking-heads’ stories orbit. And, yes, that’s very interesting stuff. Diltz was able to survey the scene from his catbird seat overlooking Laurel Canyon’s artist colony, as well as his success as a folk musician and in-demand photographer. The set adds a variety of original photographs, rarely seen home movies, rehearsal sessions, bootleg footage from a Oklahoma City tour stop, extended interviews, photo galleries and pieces on the naming of Buffalo Springfield and “Henry’s Acid Trip.”
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