Regie/Dirs: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
103 min OmU
When recalling Link Wray’s shivering guitar classic, “Rumble,” Martin Scorsese marvels, “It is the sound of that guitar... that aggression.” «Rumble» was the first song to use distortion and feedback. It introduced the rock power chord – and was one of the very few instrumental singles to be banned from the radio for fear it would incite violence.
RUMBLE explores how the Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indian culture in the United States.
As RUMBLE reveals, the early pioneers of the blues had Native as well as African American roots, and one of the first and most influential jazz singers’ voices was trained on Native American songs. As the folk rock era took hold in the 60s and 70s, Native Americans helped to define its evolution. Father of the Delta Blues Charley Patton, influential jazz singer Mildred Bailey, metaphysical guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix, and folk heroine Buffy Sainte-Marie are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have made their distinctive mark on music history. For the most part, their Indian heritage was unknown.
RUMBLE shows how Indigenous music was part of the very fabric of American popular music from the beginning, but that the Native American contribution was left out of the story – until now.
“It is the sound of that guitar – the aggression”, schwärmt Martin Scorsese. Der verzerrte Gitarrensound von Link Wrays Rockklassiker „Rumble“ (1958) ist weltbekannt und bis heute stilbildend. Weniger bekannt ist: Wie auch die Musiklegenden Robbie Robertson, Jimi Hendrix oder Randy Castillo stammte Wray von nordamerikanischen Ureinwohnern ab. Zum ersten Mal zeigt ein Dokumentarfilm, wie Künstler mit indigenen Wurzeln Rock, Blues, Folk, Jazz und Pop entscheidend geprägt haben. Packend verknüpft RUMBLE Konzertmitschnitte, Archivaufnahmen und Interviews. Dabei versammeln die Regisseure das Who is Who der Szene von Iggy Pop über Marky Ramone und Robert Trujillo bis zu Tony Bennett. (Dokfest München)