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“Legends of the Canyon” uses interviews with a variety of artists, rare footage and a collection of original photographs – some that have never before been exhibited – to capture the essence of the folk-rock era and the people who were responsible for it. When director Jon Brewer allows the rare footage and photographs to do the storytelling, “Legends of the Canyon” becomes quite the intimate musical journey. Many of Diltz’s pictures are enormously telling in and of themselves, providing us a glimpse into an extraordinary world that may never again exist.
The music scene of Laurel Canyon has been well documented through a variety books and movies. Laurel Canyon was where Miss Pamala found her super-groupie training wheels trying to shag Byrd Chris Hillman. Every LA music history has a chapter devoted to the goings on in this ‘Eden above Sunset.” This now almost-mythic place was where Frank Zappa was regualarly providing a place to crash and David Geffen was getting knotted up with business before becoming a Free Man in Paris.
The DVD comes with original 8mm film footage taken from the original performances. There’s extended interviews and you get some bonus footage from the “Stills Tour”. There’s a few featurettes that are Buffalo Springfield heavy, but it continues the streak of ignoring the artists named throughout the film. You even get to see more of Henry Diltz’s photos and his acid trip. The A/V Quality is good enough for standard definition, but it lacks anything that screams impressive home theater bow. I’d recommend a rental.
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