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RUMBLE: THE INDIANS THAT ROCKED THE WORLD
Directors: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana (Canada, 2017) 103 min.
If you love rock and roll, you will also love Rumble. Entertaining, educational and enlightening, this exhilarating doc dives deep into the electrifying and difficult history of Native Americans in contemporary music, focusing on several artists who helped shape the rock-and-roll landscape. Featuring a multitude of musicians, journalists and filmmakers who wax poetic about the pre-blues influence of native music on popular culture, Rumble really comes alive with its amazing performance footage. You’ll want to turn it up to 11 as you listen to Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charlie Patton, Jimi Hendrix and Robbie Robertson infuse indigenous styles into their music. Powerful personal stories of lesser-known artists like Mildred Bailey, Jesse Edwin Davis, Redbone and Randy Castillo expose a rich, largely unknown history of Native American musicians finding a way to keep on rockin in the not always Free World. (Brendan Peterson)
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