RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

Canada, 2017 (MIFF 2017, Music On Film)

Director: Catherine Bainbridge

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

'An astoundingly rich and resonant music documentary … a reminder that indigenous peoples' voices and music cannot be silenced or ignored.' – Hollywood Reporter

Before Hendrix, before Elvis, before rock music was even a thing, there was Link Wray, the 'father of the power chord', whose song Rumble sold more than a million copies and was the starter's pistol for the entire pop music era. But Wray, like so many Native American musicians, from every conceivable genre, has largely been forgotten, his achievements assumed by his whiter successors.

In Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, documentary makers Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana set out to reinstate these Native American trailblazers to their rightful place in the pop music pantheon, and for their efforts they won a Special Jury Prize for Masterful Storytelling at Sundance in addition to the HotDocs Audience Award. Featuring one of the most impressive line-ups you'll ever see in a musical documentary – including Quincy Jones, Iggy Pop, Steve Tyler and George Clinton – Rumble is the lively and eye-opening story of the Native American renegades who invented rock‘n'roll.


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