RUMBLE - Indians Who Rocked the World

January 31, 2018


“Hell, Yeah, I play guitar! You know who taught me how to play? Charley Patton! Charley Patton was an Indian and he was the baddest mother*****r in the world!” ~ Howling Wolf


When recalling Link Wray's shivering guitar classic, "RUMBLE", Martin Scorsese marvels, "It is the sound of that guitar . . . that aggression." "RUMBLE" was the first song to use distortion and feedback. It introduced the rock power chord - and was one of the very few instrumental singles to be banned from the radio for fear it would incite violence.


“Revelatory in almost every sense... The influence of Native Americans on nearly a century of popularmusic is eloquently demonstrated in this engaging documentary...” Justin Lowe, the Hollywood Reporter



'RUMBLE' explores how the Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indian culture in the United States. As RUMBLE reveals, the early pioneers of the blues had Native as well as African American roots, and one of the first and most influential jazz singers' voices was trained on Native American songs. As the folk rock era took hold in the 60's and 70's, Native Americans helped to define its evolution.

Father of the Delta Blues Charley Patton, influential jazz singer Mildred Bailey, metaphysical guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix, and folk heroine Buffy Sainte-Marie are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have made their distinctive mark on music history.


The stories of these iconic Native musicians are told by some of America's greatest music legends who knew them, played music with them, and were inspired by them: everyone from Buddy Guy, Quincy Jones, and Tony Bennett to Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, and Stevie Van Zandt. The film also includes Taj Mahal, Stevie Salas (Executive Producer), Slash, John Trudell. George Clinton and Robert Trujillo, Robbie Robertson (The Band), Jesse Ed Davis and Martin Scorsese (as himself) among others. RUMBLE uses playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, archives and interviews.


From Jay Meehan / The Park Record (January 17, 2017)

Hanging their cultural war bonnets on the distorted power chords and in-your-face guitar riffs of Link Wray's classic 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble," filmmakers Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana, and Producer Stevie Salas (Apache) make their case both forwards and backwards from Dockery Plantation with archival film and photos, interviews, and, most especially, concert footage, which will flat-out blow you away!


While speaking to The Park Record from his beach chair on the Kona Coast of Hawaii, Salas, an advisor for Contemporary Music at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and co-creator of the exhibit " Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians In Popular Culture," reminisced about the four-years it took to make the film.


"It was a hard movie to make! There's a story here that's never been told and putting all the people together, both native and not, who wanted, and needed, to play a part in it, wasn't easy," Salas recalled.



Sundance doc ‘Rumble’ reveals surprising Roots of Rock

Filmmaker highlights indigenous influence on American Rock


The film is a powerful documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history, featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time-exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives and, through their contributions, influenced popular culture. 'RUMBLE' shows how Indigenous music was part of the very fabric of American popular music from the beginning, but that the Native American contribution was left out of the story - until now.



Sundance Film Festival 2017 – Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling

Boulder International Film Festival 2017 – Best Music Documentary

Hot Docs International Film Festival (2 awards!), Toronto – Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary 2017and Hot Docs Audience Award 2017

Audience Award, Illuminate Film Festival, Arizona 2017 – Audience Award

Albuquerque Film and Music Festival, New Mexico 2017 – Best Documentary

Biografilm Festival Music Section, Bologna, Italy 2017 – Audience Award

History Film Festival, Rijeka, Croatia 2017 – Best Producer and Best Independent Film 

Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany 2017 – Best Music Documentary 

Festival Ciné Alter’Natif, Paris, Nantes and La Turballe, France 2017 – Prix du Public 

Doc’n Roll Film Festival, London, UK 2017 – Winner Best Feature Doc

Critics Choice Awards, Santa Monica, California, USA – Nominee 

 Stevie Salas - Executive Producer - Artist - Visionary


2018 Screenings | 'RUMBLE' - The Indians Who Rocked the World


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