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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

The subject of this documentary is the story of Native Americans who influenced various genres of American music. Musicians with Native American ancestry Included are, among others, Charlie Patton, generally recognized as the father of Delta blues; Link Wray, rock guitarist noted for his instrumental piece, Rumble; Jimi Hendrix; folk singer Buffy Saint-Marie; Robbie Robertson; and the jazz singer Mildred Bailey. I loved this film. There are a lot of music and concert clips that introduce us to many of the different sounds that I either did not know, had forgotten, or did not realize were from Native American musicians. The film also had a great mix of the history of jazz, blues, and rock; some history of racial prejudice in the US; and an even more interesting to me history of the mixing of African and Native American bloodlines. Big thumbs up for a film that engaged me from beginning to end and that taught me a lot that I did not know before going into the film – a sign of a great documentary. This is one of my favorite documentaries about music.

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