Independent Lens: ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World‘ 

Writing for RogerEbert.com, Glenn Kenny began his review of this documentary explaining the title: “‘Rumble,’ the guitar instrumental recorded by Link Wray in 1957, is to modern rock music what the monolith was to those primates in the ‘Dawn of Man’ section of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.'”  Wray helped invent the “rock” part of “rock ‘n roll” and he’s part of the Native American legacy not only in rock, but that legacy extends into other forms of American music such as the blues (i.e. Charlie Patton).

There was a mixing of black and Native Americans that helped fuse black and Native American traditions and yet, we hear this advice over and over again: “Be proud you’re an Indian but be careful who you tell.”

Who’s telling the story now? Jaime Luis Gomez, aka, “Taboo” of the Black-Eyed Peas, as on the panel along with media artist and advisor of Contemporary Music at The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Steve Salas,

Taboo noted that in his own identity, “I was ambiguous in a sense. For a long time, I was that ‘Asian’ guy.”

Producer Christina Fon said this documentary was five years in the making and a “celebration of these amazing heroes who were unknown.”

It’s an education to a student of music,” Taboo added.

That education includes Jimi Hendrix and Redbone. Redbone’s 1974 hit, “Come and Get Your Love”  got a boost from the Marvel’s 2014 “Guardians of the Galaxy” when it was used as part of the intro to Star Lord (Chris Pratt).

The air date for “Rumble” is 28 January 2019.

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