Former Capitol Records CEO Andrew Slater was in the midst of figuring out what to do next with his life when he and Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan watched Jacques Demy’s 1969 film Model Shop. Slater’s tenure with Capitol had ended a few years earlier; Dylan, whom Slater once had managed, had just wrapped an album cycle. As they took in the beautifully shot streets of Los Angeles flashing by onscreen, Slater says, “It inspired us to go back to that time and look at the records” born out of the ultra-fertile Laurel Canyon folk scene. What began as a 2015 tribute concert to the Canyon’s artists and their music soon evolved into a recording project and ultimately a documentary, Echo in the Canyon (out May 24). Directed by Slater and anchored by Dylan’s candid interviews with a long list of stars who shaped the Canyon’s mythic aura -- including Brian Wilson, Michelle Phillips and Stephen Stills -- the film expertly weaves together archival footage and performances by artists like Beck and Fiona Apple, who contextualize the scene’s enduring legacy.
How did you guys nab such an impressive list of artists?