Recipient of the Best Music Documentary Award (2017 Boulder International Film Festival) and the Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling (Sundance 2017), Catherine Bainbridge’s Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World plays host to a long list of modern music icons. Quincy Jones, Iggy Pop, George Clinton, Slash, Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler and a slew of other big names share their impressions about artists the general public may still not know are of American Indian descent. The song that inspired Bainbridge’s film’s title directly influenced many artists, especially in the rock realm. Link Wray’s 1958 hit Rumble was a groundbreaking success. It was one of the first tunes to use the “power chord”. It employed fuzz, distortion and feedback, and was the only instrumental banned in the US. People feared it would incite teenage gang violence. Rumble became the so-called theme song of juvenile delinquency.
What was it that touched the deepest urges of up and coming musicians? What made a young Iggy Pop declare, “Fuck it. I’m gonna be a musician”? To rumble means to fight, to disrupt, but those are only the obvious meanings. Another interpretation is to be active, to ROAR. Rumble is the sound of freedom. Native American music was seen as a threat. As such, people were jailed for performing it. Racism then was Continue reading