This acclaimed new doc tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, Rumble cements how some of our most treasured artists and songs found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and harmonies that were infused with a desire to resist. You'll never listen to your favorite rock and roll classics the same way again...
"A fascinating introduction to the ways that core components of Americana wouldn't be eradicated. Or silenced." - Los Angeles Times
"Rumble asks us to be still for a moment and to listen to the heartbeat - at once familiar and newly strange - that pumps the lifeblood that flows through the songs this country is known for." - Washington Post
"The story is one not only of rock- and pop-culture history, but of human persistence and indigenous contributions that have been historically (and often intentionally) overlooked." - Globe & Mail
"This is history Americans should know." - Slant Magazine
When recalling Link Wray's shivering guitar classic, "Rumble," Martin Scorsese marvels, "It is the sound of that guitar . . . the aggression." Wray was the first to deploy thumping power chords and hone distortion, carving out a new guitar sound that influenced rock and roll forever. But as a Native American, Wray's music was a threat-and it was treated as such. Blues pioneer Charlie Patton, cherished jazz singer Mildred Bailey, and metaphysical wizard Jimi Hendrix are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have created their distinctive music amid the attempted cleansing of indigenous culture from the country. Their music was not even meant to exist. Using playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, audio archives, and interviews with living legends, this deeply insightful film shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives. Not rated. 103 mins.
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