Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Canada, Feature Documentary, 2017, 103 min
“...astoundingly rich and resonant...dynamic concert footage...” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Jimi Hendrix was proud of his Cherokee grandmother, and Mohawk guitarist Robbie Robertson (The Band) remembers being told in the ‘50s when he started out in rock ‘n’ roll: “Be proud you’re an Indian, but don’t tell anybody.” The film’s title comes from Shawnee guitarist “Link” Wray, Jr.’s 1958 seminal guitar instrumental “Rumble,” in which he pioneered techniques which became rock ‘n’ roll staples for bands as diverse as The Who and the Ramones. Vocalist Mildred Bailey from the Coeur d’Alene tribe, was one of the first improvisational jazz singers in the ‘20s, and contributed greatly to the foundations of swing music. “I was completely influenced by Mildred Bailey,” remarks Tony Bennett in the film. Rumble is about the role of Native Americans in popular music history, and tells the story of a profound and missing chapter in the history of American music. If you love blues and rock ‘n’ roll, you will never forget this film.
With Stevie Salas, Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, John Trudell, Pat Vegas, Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler, Iggy Pop, Taj Mahal and Adam Beach.
Directed by Catherine Bainbridge
Executive Produced by Stevie Salas
Award winner at Sundance 2017
Stevie Salas in person
A guitar player, writer, producer and composer, Stevie Salas has recorded on over 70 different albums with artists as diverse as George Clinton, Justin Timberlake, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart. Stevie has been cited as one of the top 50 guitarists of all time.