Mark Burton

Staff member
Jun 27, 2020
London, UK
Every so often, a film or documentary arrives at just the right time to soothe the feelings that the daily stress of life can create. That’s the case with Alison Ellwood’s “Laurel Canyon,” a feature-length documentary about the Los Angeles folk/rock scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s that’s currently airing in two-parts on Epix.

I’ll be honest – my expectations weren’t very high. I have seen a few other documentaries about this era, but none of them ever seemed to quite bring into focus what I’d lived as a child. I grew up on Laurel Canyon Blvd, at the foot of the canyon area on the Valley side. But I was cautiously optimistic that this film would deliver and did it ever.

Most of the other documentaries I had seen on the topic always felt incomplete and left me wanting more. This docuseries brought all the unique elements into focus and transported me back to the idyllic period of my life known as “childhood.” Prior to this, only Jakob...

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