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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World (2017)

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RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

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Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana (co-director)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Apl.de.Ap ... Himself
Dan Auerbach ... Himself
Scott Barretta Scott Barretta ... Himself - Blues Historian
Adam Beach ... Himself
Tony Bennett Tony Bennett ... Himself
Carpio Bernal Carpio Bernal ... Himself
Bits of Bluegrass Bits of Bluegrass ... Themselves
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux Big Chief Monk Boudreaux ... Himself (as Monk Boudreaux)
George Clinton ... Himself
Benito Concha Benito Concha ... Himself
Billy Cox Billy Cox ... Himself
Antonino D'Ambrosio Antonino D'Ambrosio ... Himself - Author, filmmaker
Guy Davis Guy Davis ... Himself
Kelly Davis Kelly Davis ... Herself
Elliot Easton Elliot Easton ... Himself
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This 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.

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rumble - Das rote Herz des Rock See more »

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Gross USA:

$226,006, 7 December 2017
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Rezolution Pictures See more »
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Color
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Connections

References The Last Waltz (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Ring of Fire
Written by June Carter Cash (as June Carter) and Merle Kilgore
Performed by Johnny Cash
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Interesting look at the influence of Native Americans on popular music culture
28 June 2017 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This film focuses on the overlooked contributions of Native Americans on popular music. It covers the music from early blues through to hair metal. One of the findings is that being Native American was something that musicians generally hid from the public eye, publicity of this ethnicity seemed to be something that effected the chance of the music being promoted in the mainstream. There appeared to be a sense of discomfort in the American media, mixed in with a sense of collective guilt about the treatment of the Native Americans historically. The film details some of the racism that was directed their way, especially in the earlier part of the 20th century and the way that their culture was in fact suppressed to an extent. This extended to their music, which was considered to be subversive.

Catherine Bainbridge has put together a film on a subject of which there really has been little focus on. It is at its most interesting and incisive when detailing the earlier stuff. For example, the early blues recordings of Charley Patton really do have a Native American sound to them with the vocal delivery and distinctive rhythms, a fact I had never noticed beforehand. And considering he was one of the key players in the early days of what was to become popular music, you have to say that the influence of his culture on modern music has to be significant. Other key players are Link Wray who developed a style of guitar music which would be a major influence on all subsequent music which used power chords, we learn of the difficulties the folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie experienced with radio stations being pressurised into not playing her songs which were considered dangerously political and then there is Jimi Hendrix whose Native American ancestry was less promoted to the public than his black ethnicity. Later on, there is a look at the much-respected guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson of The Band, the Native American group Redbone, heavy metallers Randy Castillo and Steve Salas and hip-hop rapper Taboo. Some of the latter stuff, while still interesting, feels a little fragmented, with the actual Native American influence somewhat hard to detect at times. But overall, this certainly is a very good music documentary with much to ponder and a focus on some musicians who have not had much attention over the years. It definitely shows that the Native American influence is something that has never gotten the recognition it deserves; this film tries to readdress this a little.


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