RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Winner - Audience Awards for Best Documentary at Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2017

It’s difficult to articulate just how much of American rock, blues, and jazz music was influenced by the original owners of the North American land it was made on, but Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana’s documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World should take a huge step forward in chronicling such a lost history. Through cycles of oppression – all of which were tied to controlling the land around them – the Native American influence on popular culture has been all but suppressed for decades.

Poster for the music doc Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The WorldBut sometimes it takes great musicians to educate people about other great musicians and Bainbridge and Maiorana talk to many candid experts – some native, others just fans – about everyone from Link Wray to Jimi Hendrix to Mildred Bailey to Robert Castillo to Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas. Rumble alternates between a historical overview of the indigenous diaspora and intriguingly drawn personal narratives on people who changed how we think about music.

Music documentaries at their best are often fun and informative. Rumble is certainly both of those things, but it’s also an increasingly rare music doc with the power to rewrite history. As new generations of repressed peoples get in touch with their musical roots more and more every day, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World should stand as an inspiring and vital document of things frustratingly forgotten.

– Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene