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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Directed by: Alfonso Maiorana & Catherine Bainbridge | 2017 | 1h 43m | Unrated

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O Cinema Wynwood

90 NW 29th Street, Miami (305) 571-9970

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This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America.

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.

Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, 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.

“As Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana’s astoundingly rich and resonant music documentary makes abundantly clear, American popular music – and the history of rock and roll itself – wouldn’t be the same without the contributions of Native American performers.”
– HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“If you couldn’t name two Native American musicians at the beginning of the documentary, you’ll remember at least a half-dozen after the end. And it’s a good bet you’ll be searching for their albums, too.”
– NEW YORK TIMES

” ‘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.”
– WASHINGTON POST