Jan 21, 10pm


The Indians Who Rocked the World

  • BY Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana | IN Music
    Premieres January 21, 2019

About the Film

They tried to ban, censor and erase Indian culture from rock and roll history but Native American influence is wrapped into modern music's DNA. RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is an electric look at Native American influence in popular music, going deep into the Indigenous foundations of rock.

RUMBLE  traces the melodies, rhythms, and beats of traditional Native music as they took different forms across the spectrum of 20th-century American rock. Native Americans such as Peter La Farge and Buffy Sainte-Marie helped to define its evolution, while Native guitarists and drummers such as Link Wray -- the electric guitar pioneer whose titular instrumental hit was banned from the radio, Hall of Famer Jimi Hendrix, who was part-Cherokee, Jesse Ed Davis, and many more forever changed the trajectory of rock and roll. Their stories are told by some of America’s greatest rock legends who knew them, played music with them, and were inspired by them, including Robbie Robertson, George Clinton, Taj Mahal, Slash, Jackson Browne, Taboo, Buddy Guy, Quincy Jones, Derek Trucks, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler and Stevie Van Zandt.

Telling a missing chapter in rock history, RUMBLE is essential viewing for music fans.

Catherine Bainbridge has brought her signature enthusiasm and passion for storytelling to countless documentary, drama, comedy and interactive media projects, notably the Peabody Award-winning documentary Reel Injun (Independent Lens) about Native stereotypes in Hollywood films. Her role as director on RUMBLE encapsulates her love and devotion to music, history, politics and bringing important Indigenous stories to the mainstream.

Based in Montreal, Alfonso Maiorana’s DP experience on Hollywood films, independent features, MOWs, and television series brings a distinctive look and feel to the films he shoots. His directing credits include The Big World which premiered at the Montreal International Film festival.

Film Credits

Executive Producer
Stevie Salas

Executive Producer
Tim Johnson

Directed by
Catherine Bainbridge

Co-Directed by
Alfonso Maiorana

Produced by
Christina Fon

Produced by
Catherine Bainbridge
Linda Ludwick
Lisa M. Roth

Executive Produced by
Ray Halbritter
Diana Holtzberg
Jan Rofekamp
Shirley K. Sneve
Ernest Webb

Written by
Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana

Inspired by
The Encyclopedia of Native Music
by Brian Wright-McLeod

Edited by
Benjamin Duffield
Jeremiah Hayes

Editing Consultant
Jon Kalina

Director of Photography
Alfonso Maiorana

Visual Researcher
Rebecca Lessard

Original Soundtrack Composed by
Benoît Charest

Line Producer
Lisa M. Roth

Business Affairs Producers
Jake Kent
Claire MacKinnon

Research Consultant
Christopher Turner

Sophie Gergaud
Sarah Hoida
Rebecca Lessard
Lisa M. Roth
Brian Wright-McLeod

Opening and Closing Sequences
Chippewa Singer / Link Wray
Derek Miller

Frances Densmore
Rebecca Lessard

Visual Effects

Art Direction
Paola Ridolfi

Post-Production Supervisor
Lisa M. Roth

Post-Production Coordinators
Rebecca Lessard
Ana Paula Castillo Méndez

Post-Production Facility
Rev 13 Films

Online Colourists and Graphic Effects
Francis Hanneman
Tony Manolikakis

Additional Editing
Howard Goldberg
Frank Guidoccio
Rebecca Lessard

Assistant Editors
Ana Paula Castillo Méndez
Rebecca Lessard

David Rennke

Illustrations and Animation Art
Meky Ottawa

Graphics and Poster Design
Robert Young

Visual Archives Research
Vanessa Corkal
Rebecca Lessard
Lisa M. Roth

Re-recording Mixer
Daniel Toussaint

Sound Effects Editor
Mona Laviolette

Dialogue Editor
Ginette Bellavance

Music Editing and Mastering
Daniel Toussaint

Sound Studio
Studio Megaphone

Music Clearances

Production Accountant
Linda Ludwick

Accounting Manager
Anne-Marie Belhadj

Senior Accounting Coordinators
Van Nguyen
Ngoc Lan Phuong Tran

Accounting Clerks
Jing Fei Gao
Anne Kent
Silvy Kim
Gail Paslawski

Legal Counsel
Lussier & Khouzam
Miller Thompson, LLP

Clearance Counsel
Satorius Law Firm, PC

Outreach Support
Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment
The Chickasaw Nation
The Oneida Indian Nation
Seeing Red

Archival Materials Provided by
Action Sports * Alfred Publishing, LLC * American Music of the Mississippi Choctaws *
Armed Forces Radio Services * Associated Press * Benedetto Arts, LLC * Beth Wray Webb * Betty Jean Morgan * Bill Graham Archives, LLC * Bill Steber * Bob Gruen * Bobby Tsukimoto * Bruce Kessler * Bruce Steinberg * Canadian Broadcasting Corporation * Cavu Media Group * Charles Schwartz *
Charley Patton photograph from the collection of John Tefteller and Blues Images *
Christine Castillo, Randy Castillo Foundation *
Concert for Bangladesh revisited with George Harrison and Friends, 2005, Apple Corps * Deke Dickerson *
Delores Hall Hamm * Denver Public Library * Desmet Mission Archives *
Diana Davies, Courtesy Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution *
Digital Smoke Signals * Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution * Echota Killsnight *
Elaine Mayes * Epic Records * Erik Nielsen * F. Antolín Hernandez * F.I.L.M. Archives * Fiona Adams *
Gered Mankowitz * Getty Images * Global ImageWorks, LLC * Greg Laxton * Hal Leonard Publishing *
Historic Films Archives, LLC * Internet Archive * Isle of MTV, 2009, MTV * The Jack Spector Show, WPRO-TV *
Jamie Okuma * Jan Haust * Jeremiah Johnson * Jimi Hendrix, 1973, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. *
Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin', 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment * Johnny Lee * Joseph Dominguez *
Julia Rinker-Miller * Kelly Davis * KMET Radio * KSPS * The Last Waltz, 1978, Martin Scorsese, FM Productions * Lauretta Prevost, Renée Bergan and Mirrors and Hammers Productions *
Leonard J. Eisenberg, 1969, from the book "Photographing Jimi Hendrix" * Les Blank Films Inc. *
Library of Congress * Michael Edwards © Los Angeles Times * Michael Spalla – Hollywood Star Newsreel *
MTV * National Film Board of Canada * National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution *
National Public Radio * NBCUniversal Archives *
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, 2005, Martin Scorsese, Cappa Defina Productions *
Oklahoma Historical Society * Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture * Pat Vegas * Patti Daley * Phil Soussan * Playboy Enterprises * Pond 5 * Producers Library * Reelin’ In The Years Productions, LLC * Retro Video, Inc. *
Ricky Eckstein * Robert Mugge * Robbie Robertson *
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, 1996, Michael Lindsay-Hogg * Russell James *
Seneca Iroquois National Museum * Shannon Kring * Sherry Wray * Shutterstock * Spencer Mann, Idle No More * State Archives of North Carolina * Stevie Salas * Surprise Partie, 1968, Modcinema * Susan Bailey *
Taboo (Jimmy Gomez) * Teresa Sedó * Terry Josephson * The WPA Film Library * University of North Carolina * Uwe Möntmann * Villon Films * Wanda Hawkins * Woodstock, 1970, Warner Brothers

Performed by Link Wray
Under license from Barnaby Records, Inc by arrangement with Ace Music Services LLC

“Jack the Ripper”
Performed by Link Wray & His Ray Men
(Fred Wray)

“I Can See For Miles”
Performed by The Who
(Peter Townshend)

“Black River Swamp”
Performed by Benoît Charest
(Fred Wray)

“Trail Of The Lonesome Pine”
Performed by Link Wray & His Ray Men
Written by Harry Carroll and Ballard MacDonald
Used by Permission of Canadian Shapiro Bernstein (SOCAN)

“Kick Out The Jams”
Performed by MC5
(Frederick Smith, Dennis Tomich)

“Idle No More”
Performed by Ulali
(Antonia Pura Fe Crescioni, Cary Morin)

“Meet De Boys On The Battlefront”
Performed by The Wild Tchoupitoulas
(George Landry)

“Great Grandpa’s Banjo”
Performed by Pura Fe, Jennifer Kreisberg, Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson, Electra Jarvis
(Carmen Moreno, Antonia Pura Fe Crescioni, Jennifer Kreisberg)

“Pony Blues”
Performed by Alvin Youngblood Hart
(Charley Patton)

“Pony Blues,” “Down The Dirt Road Blues,”
“High Water Everywhere,” and
“Shake It And Break It Blues”
Performed by Charley Patton
(Charley Patton)

“Shake For Me”
Performed by Howlin' Wolf
(Willie Dixon)

“How Many More Years”
Performed by Howlin' Wolf
(Chester Burnett)

“As Long As You Live”
Performed by Mildred Bailey & Her Orchestra
(Bernard Hanighen, John Mercer)

“Lover Come Back To Me ”
Performed by Mildred Bailey
(Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein)

“Rockin’ Chair”
Performed by Mildred Bailey
(Hoagy Carmichael)

“Hold On”
Performed by Mildred Bailey
(Hall Johnson, J. Johnson)

“Now That The Buffalo’s Gone”
Performed by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a division of Concord
Music Group Inc.

“The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” and “Custer”
Performed by Peter Lafarge
(Peter Lafarge)

“Universal Soldier” and
“Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”
Performed by Buffy Sainte-Marie
(Buffy Sainte-Marie)

“Ring Of Fire”
Performed by Johnny Cash
(June Carter, Merle Kilgore)

“The Ballad of Ira Hayes”
Performed by Johnny Cash
(Peter Lafarge)

“Star-Spangled Banner”
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
(Jimi Hendrix, Francis Key)

“Bo Diddley”
Performed by Ronnie Hawkins
(Ellas McDaniel)

“Like A Rolling Stone”
Performed by Bob Dylan
(Robert Dylan)

“Up On Cripple Creek”
Performed by The Band
(Jaime Robertson)

“Everybody Got To Change Sometime”
Performed by Taj Mahal
(John Estes)

“Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day”
Performed by Taj Mahal
(Taj Mahal)

“Ain't That A Lot Of Love”
Performed by Taj Mahal
(Homer Banks, Willia Parker)

“Doctor My Eyes”
Performed by Jackson Browne
Courtesy of Elektra Records

“Graffiti Man”
Performed by John Trudell
Courtesy of Rhino Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

“Do You Wanna Dance”
Performed by Pat and Lolly Vegas
(Robert Freeman)

“Any Old Time”
Performed by Pat & Lolly Vegas
(Lolly Vegas, Pat Vegas)

“Come And Get Your Love”
Performed by Redbone
(Lolly Vegas)

“Let's Get it Started”
Performed by The Black Eyed Peas
(Will Adams, Michael Fratantuno, Alan Pineda,
Luis Jaime Gomez, George Pajon,

“Girls, Girls, Girls”
Performed by Mötley Crüe
(Tommy Lee Bass, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx)

Performed by George Clinton
(George Clinton)

Performed by Rod Stewart
(Roderick Stewart, Andrew Taylor)

“Hire Purchase”
Performed by Cian Nugent

“Stand Up / Stand N Rock”
Performed by Taboo, Shailene Woodley, Drezus, Supaman, PJ Vegas, Spencer, Doc, emcee one
(Jimmy Gomez, Priese Lamont Board, Joshua Alvarez, Shailene Woodley, Jeremiah Manitopyes, Christian Parrish, Patrick Joseph Vasquez, Spencer Lee Battiest, Zachary James Battiest, Natalia Pitti, Marcus Anthony Guinn)

In Memory of John Trudell

Produced with the participation of Québec Production Services Tax Credit - Gestion SODEC and The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

Production Support Provided by
The Movie Network, a division of Bell Media Inc
Aboriginal People’s Television Network
Société Radio-Canada
Yes Israel TV

Funding Provided by
Canada Media Fund / Fonds des médias du Canada
Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

Original Series Funding Provided by
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

RUMBLE is a production of Rezolution Pictures (Rumble) Inc. in association with Vision Maker Media, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This program was produced by Rezolution Pictures (Rumble) Inc. which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2017 Rezolution Pictures (Rumble) Inc. All rights reserved.

How many of the Native musicians shown in RUMBLE did you know were Native American going in? Who are your favorite Native musicians?


  • Sundance Film Festival
    World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize
  • Canadian Screen Award
    Best Feature Length Documentary
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
    Best Canadian Documentary + Best Documentary
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