The Indians Who Rocked the World

DVD - 2017
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This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), 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. The idea for RUMBLE came about when guitarist Stevie Salas, an Apache Indian and one of the film's Executive Producers, realized that no one outside of the music business knew about the profound contribution of these Native musicians. Renewed attention to this missing chapter in the history of American music led to the publishing of Brian Wright-McLeod's The Encyclopedia of Native Music, an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and eventually this documentary.
Publisher: New York : Kino Lorber, ©2017.
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.62 RUM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 21, 2018

An excellent documentary. Its shortcoming is it could have delved deeper into the influence and musical contributions of contemporary Indigenous artists from the northern regions of North America. The musicians of A Tribe called Red come to mind, for example.

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