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The Indians Who Rocked the World

  • BY Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana | IN Music
    Premiered 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. MORE

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 Robbie Robertson 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 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. LESS

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

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 Indigenous 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
  • News & Documentary Emmy Award
    Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary (Nominee)
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