RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

A stomping tribute to Native American musicians, crammed with concert footage, which celebrates their weighty yet unheralded contribution to music, from Hendrix to Metallica.

Bainbridge and Maiorana's Sundance winner kicks off with the thumping riffs of Shawnee guitarist Link Wray's 1950s classic ‘Rumble'; a track that E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt tagged "the theme song of juvenile delinquency" and Wayne Kramer of MC5 called "one of the architects of my sound, and a thousand others." Even Iggy Pop described ‘Rumble' as "having the power to push me over the edge, to say fuck it, I'm going to be a musician." In Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World we hear how Native American musicians and rhythms influenced the South from North Carolina to the streets of New Orleans. Fascinating interviews and archival clips tell stories of music greats like jazz singer Mildred Bailey, guitar genius Jesse Ed Davis, and Native Canadians Buffy Sainte-Marie and The Band's Robbie Robertson. Executive produced by Apache guitarist Stevie Salas, this engaging documentary expertly reveals how Native American musicians were consistently left out of the story.

Winner, World Cinemas Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling – Sundance Film Festival

If you are going to field a team of talking heads then you really need them to be first division names. Eye-opening documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World duly obliges with a list including Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Iggy Pop, Robbie Robertson and countless others. – Allan Hunter, Screen International

It's rarely something that comes up in your Rock 101 books and from-Elvis-to-Sex-Pistols history lessons: the major influence of Native Americans on popular music… Everyone from Martin Scorsese to Rolling Stone's own David Fricke weigh in; you'll even hear Hendrix's version of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' (he had Cherokee blood in his veins) in a new light. – David Fear, Rolling Stone

Festival guests: Christina Fon, Stevie Salas

In partnership with:

 Canada 150       Government of Canada

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Catherine Bainbridge

Alfonso Maiorana


102 mins




Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana

Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, & Lisa M. Roth

Stevie Salas, Tim Johnson, Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Diana Holtzberg, Linda Ludwick, Jan Rofekamp, and Ernest Webb

Alfonso Maiorana

Benjamin Duffield, Jeremiah Hayes

Indigenous/First Nations, Focus on Canada, International Documentaries, Indigenous & First Nations, Music, Sounds on Screen

Distributor: Madman Entertainment, World Sales: Films Transit International Inc.