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RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017)

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017)

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When recalling Link Wray's shivering guitar classic, "Rumble," Martin Scorsese marvels, "It is the sound of that guitar . . . the aggression." Wray was the first to deploy thumping power chords and hone distortion, carving out a new guitar sound that influenced rock and roll forever. But as a Native American, Wray's music was a threat-and it was treated as such. Blues pioneer Charlie Patton, cherished jazz singer Mildred Bailey, and metaphysical wizard Jimi Hendrix are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have created their distinctive music amid the attempted cleansing of indigenous culture from the country. Their music was not even meant to exist. Using playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, audio archives, and interviews with living legends, this deeply insightful film cements how some of our most treasured artists and songs found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and harmonies that were infused with a desire to resist. You'll never listen to your favorite rock and roll classics the same way again.

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Ssolid if conventional.

September 25, 2017 | Full Review…

It's all very convincing, if a bit repetitious. Still the musical excerpts - especially Wray's - are great, and the history is something of an overdue revelation.

September 15, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

What we have here is less an exploration of personal artistry than an entry-level history lesson.

September 1, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Inevitably cursory, it's nonetheless a fascinating introduction to the ways that core components of Americana wouldn't be eradicated. Or silenced.

August 24, 2017 | Full Review…

"Rumble" asks us to be still for a moment and to listen to the heartbeat - at once familiar and newly strange - that pumps the lifeblood that flows through the songs this country is known for.

August 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What is strikingly brought home in Rumble is how the vast stew of influences in American music, rather than diluting everything, makes the music all the more powerful.

July 28, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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