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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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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…

In the end, the story is one not only of rock- and pop-culture history, but of human persistence and indigenous contributions that have been historically (and often intentionally) overlooked.

July 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Rumble is truth you can rock to. Play it loud!

July 27, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

While overstuffed and scattershot, this episodic documentary makes a vital argument: That American popular music, especially the blues and rock 'n' roll, owe much more to Native Americans than has been commonly credited.

July 27, 2017 | Full Review…

It's been a terrific few years for music documentaries, and that winning streak continues with "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World."

July 25, 2017 | Full Review…

The stories that the movie tells after Wray's are mostly well-done and frequently moving mini-movies.

July 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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