Using Link Wray’s iconic track of the same name as a launching point, RUMBLE charts a course through a myriad roster of performers with native roots, making the case of the inextricable and profound mark that performers with native ancestry have made on American popular music. From the Tuscarora and Ulali to the culture of Mardi Gras Indians, from bluesmen Charley Patton and Howlin’ Wolf, to performers as multifaceted as Mildred Bailey, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Robertson and right up to present-day phenom Rhiannon Giddens and the protest music at Standing Rock, RUMBLE shines a bright light on the native musicians whose contributions are invaluable.
“Succeeds both as entertainment, musicology and American Indian history. It shows that no matter how hard white America tried to force Indians to be "white,” they maintained their traditions, even expressing them as rock-and-roll.” —Louis Proyect, Counterpunch.org
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