Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World (2017)
Updated: Jul 31, 2019
This starts with a full on Link Wray appreciation overload as we learn he was half native Indian. It’s interesting, but doesn’t really feel like sure footing for a feature length documentary. This format continues with Charlie Patton, Hendrix, but it improves with a deep look at white Americas treatment of native Americans and the oppression of their culture... and their music. Utilising some really nice archival footage, it’s a story of diversification of people and cultures, the rhythms those people brought with them, the birth of new sounds from those origins and how those sounds came to influence the music we recognise today. It’s good without being great.