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RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

12:30   2:40   4:45   7:00   9:20

Wednesday, July 26 - Tuesday, August 8

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DIRECTED BY CATHERINE BAINBRIDGE

This rousing history of American Indians in popular music kicks off with Link Wray (Shawnee) whose raw, distorted electric guitar riff from the 1958 instrumental “Rumble” was a major influence on rock legends Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, and Iggy Pop. RUMBLE powers through the music and life stories of artists whose Indian heritage has long been unsung: Delta blues master Charley Patton (Choctaw), “queen of swing” Mildred Bailey (Coeur D’Alene), The Band’s Robbie Robertson (Mohawk), Jimi Hendrix (Cherokee), folk icon Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree), and others. Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, and David Fricke weigh in on how these Native American musicians shaped the sounds of our lives.

CANADA • 2017 • 103 MINS.    

Reviews

“The influence of Native Americans on nearly a century of popular music is eloquently demonstrated in this engaging documentary. Astoundingly rich and resonant. Brimming with revealing first-person interviews, tantalizing audio clips and dynamic concert footage.”
– Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

“(An) extraordinary documentary. That a film with such an important, timely, and profound message would also be so beautifully paced and lit and shot with such extraordinary love and care, I found astonishing.”
– Jay Meehan, Park Record