Tom Petty, CSN, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, & Eric Clapton Star In New 'Echo In The Canyon' Doc

The new documentary by Eric Slater, titled Echo In The Canyon, features new and exclusive interviews with such legends as Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne -- and Tom Petty in his last filmed interview. Deadline reported the film was executive produced and narrated by Jakob Dylan, and opens on May 24th at Arclight’s Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles and on May 31st at Manhattan's Angelika and The Landmark at 57 West.

According to the film's press release, "(Echo In The Canyon) puts a spotlight on the robust music scene centered in leafy Laurel Canyon in the 1960's, when the Byrds, the Beach Boys, the Buffalo Springfield, and the Mamas & The Papas were thriving."

Roger McGuinn admitted to us that back in 1965 that he didn't think "Mr. Tambourine Man" would amount to anything for the Byrds until producer Terry Melcher convinced him otherwise: "Terry Melcher rolled over these big speakers, he put one on either side of us -- we were sitting on the floor there -- and he said, 'OK, play it back.' And he played back 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' complete with the vocals and everything, for the first time. And it sounded like a real record. And I went, 'Wow! That sounds great!' I couldn't believe it, that we'd done that, y'know? It sounded great, and I knew we had something there."

Jackson Browne told us that the composers that grew out of Southern California's early-'70s singer-songwriter era were a melting pot for all that came before them: "We were the product of a love of music and really a kind of genesis of popular song. I mean, we were the direct recipients of the Beatles and Bob Dylan -- and the (Rolling) Stones. And this country's rediscovering of its folk music and blues, and the personal stories and the music that was made by the people who built this country."