Ready to ‘Rumble’’?

(Above: Link Wray)

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, which won a Special Jury Prize for Masterful Storytelling at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, will debut simultaneously on PBS stations and this Monday, January 21, at 10 pm ET (but check local listings for days/times in your area).

The 90-minute musical documentary, airing as part of the Independent Lens series, looks at the the influence of Native Americans on rock, blues and jazz music.

The movie’s title refers to the song “Rumble,” a highly influential 1958 guitar instrumental hit by Link Wray (Shawnee).

The movie also celebrates blues great Charley Patton (part-Choctaw), jazz singer Mildred Bailey (Coeur d’Alene), The Band’s Robbie Robertson (Mohawk), folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree), rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix (part-Cherokee), heavy metal drummer Randy Castillo (Apache/Isleta Pueblo) and rock brother duo Redbone (Yaqui/Shoshone).

Rumble:The Indians Who Rocked the World was written, directed and produced by Catherine Bainbridge, whose previous films include Reel Injun (2009), about depictions of Native Americans in Hollywood films. You can stream Reel Injun for free on Tubi.

For more info on Rumble, visit the film’s Independent Lens page.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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