RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Well, yeah, there was that guy in The Village People who wore the headdress all the time. And there was Redbone, the Native American rock group who scored a massive hit with “Come and Get Your Love.” But the real role of Native Americans in the history of rock and roll is way bigger than that, including Jimi Hendrix, The Band’s Robbie Robertson and the Black Eyed Peas. Rumble is the most fun you’ll ever have correcting history. “Charley Patton and Jimi Hendrix are among the godhead musicians whose veins coursed with aboriginal blood, although the real spirit animal here is Link Wray, whose incredibly influential 1958 instrumental gives this celebratory and deeply satisfying doc its name. ‘Here comes this sound that makes you levitate out of bed about four feet,’ is how Taj Mahal remembers first hearing Wray’s menacing (and much banned) hit. Mahal’s own outfit would feature Comanche-Kiowa guitar genius Jesse Ed Davis, also lovingly profiled here alongside jazz pioneer Mildred Bailey and a remarkable succession of artists leading all the way to Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo. In the end, with help from the likes of Wayne Kramer and Iggy Pop, Rumble makes it abundantly clear that the time has come to rewrite the book on American music, or as the ever-pithy Robbie Robertson puts it, ‘Yeah, you wouldn’t let me talk about it before, well now I’m gonna talk real loud.’”—Adrian Mack, The Georgia Straight

Additional Information

Canada 2017 – DCP – 102 Minutes

In English

Director: Catherine Bainbridge

Co-Director: Alfonso Maiorana

Producers: Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Lisa M. Roth

Executive Producers: Stevie Salas, Tim Johnson, Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Diana Holtzberg, Linda Ludwick, Jan Roefkamp, Ernest Webb

Screenplay: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana

Print courtesy: Kino Lorber Films

Cast: George Clinton, David Fricke, Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Robertson, Link Wray, Jesse Ed Davis