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Although its reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, Catherine Bainbridge’s “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” earns respect as much for its achievement as its ambition, while offering a celebratory examination of the often-underappreciated role played in the development of American popular music by singers, musicians, and songwriters of Native American ancestry. The film is structured more or less as a series of individual portraits of 10 significant artists, ranging from Delta blues great Charley Patton to iconic electric guitarist Jimi Hendrix (who was part Cherokee) to living legend Robbie Robertson. A few episodes are less satisfying than others, but only because they spotlight intriguing yet obscure figures that audiences likely would want to learn about in greater detail.
The title comes from “Rumble,” the smash hit 1958 instrumental single by Link Wray (born in New Carolina to Shawnee parents) driven by innovative power chord riffs that would later influence Iggy Pop, »
- Joe Leydon
Music history tends to be filled with untold stories, or those whose contributions to shaping countless genres have gone underappreciated or forgotten. However, the title of the upcoming “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World” says it all about who gets the spotlight in this documentary coming to the Sundance Film Festival for its World Premiere.
Directed by Catherine Bainbridge, co-directed by Alfonso Maiorana, executive produced by Stevie Salas, and featuring Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Robbie Robertson, Quincy Jones, Iggy Pop, Slash, Steven Tyler, Robert Trujillo, Steven Van Zandt, and many more, on the influential role Native Americans had on shaping all aspects and offshoots of rock ‘n roll.
- Kevin Jagernauth
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