The Indians Who Rocked the World

DVD - 2017
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This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives. The idea for RUMBLE came about when guitarist Stevie Salas, an Apache Indian and one of the film's Executive Producers, realized that no one outside of the music business knew about the profound contribution of these Native musicians. Renewed attention to this missing chapter in the history of American music led to the publishing of Brian Wright-McLeod's The Encyclopedia of Native Music, an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and eventually this documentary.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Kino Lorber, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 RUM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
Alternative Title: Indians who rocked the world


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Jul 18, 2019

fascinating historical account of how rock and roll, jazz, hip hop, several other musical genres were actually started by Native Americans and their traditions interwoven with the textures created in the musical world in countless genres and how those origins have basically been suppressed by the political powers and musical dictators of the recording and broadcast industries until now! Educated yourself, the truth will be such an insight you will have some "ah ha" moments in this one!

Jan 22, 2019

A must see for anyone who loves American music.

Jul 14, 2018

Good documentary just needed to be longer.

Apr 18, 2018

Great documentary about Native Americans and rock music. Starts off with the influential guitarist Link Wray and his classic guitar playing as heard on his hit “Rumble.” Also goes back to the blues (Howlin’ Wolf) and jazz (Mildred Bailey) and notes influential Indian artists, but primarily covers rock music with commentary made by Robbie Robertson (guitarist for Bob Dylan and The Band – Mohawk)). Covers musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charlie Patton. Jesse Ed Davis (guitarist whom Clapton called a “genius”) and Randy Castillo (drummer for Ozzy Osborne). Looks at Native American background and history and how it influenced its artists. Great overview for most of us unfamiliar with Native American rockers and good look at musicians whose music we may recognize but don’t know their background. Even if you don’t love rock music, you will find something interesting on this DVD.

Feb 21, 2018

An excellent documentary. Its shortcoming is it could have delved deeper into the influence and musical contributions of contemporary Indigenous artists from the northern regions of North America. The musicians of A Tribe called Red come to mind, for example.

Feb 17, 2018

wow so many people I grew up listening too that were Indigenous and I never knew. Very Cool

Dec 28, 2017

I like good documentaries, especially about musicians. This one was enthralling. Link Wray, John Trudell, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie and many other fascinating musicians are profiled here. Check it out. I guarantee you'll learn something as well as enjoy yourself.

Nov 07, 2017

This documentary uncovers the hidden history of indigenous musicians' contributions to contemporary music. So many great artists and musicians quoted in this film!

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