The indians who rocked the world

Dirs. Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana
Documentary | Canada | 2017 | 103 min. 

Discussion to follow with executive producer Tim Johnson, a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River

SATURDAY, March 18, 2017 - Chilmark Community Center


From Delta blues great Charley Patton to Jimi Hendrix (who was part Cherokee), to The Band’s Robbie Robertson, Rumble celebrates the influence of Native Americans on rock and roll. Using little-known stories, concert footage, audio archives, and interviews with living legends, this deeply insightful film shows us that some of our most treasured artists and songs found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and harmonies infused with a desire to resist—a missing chapter in the history of American music. You’ll never listen to your favorite rock and roll classic in the same way again.


Tim Johnson is the former associate director for museum programs at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. His exhibit Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture was the inspiration for this film.


Thank you to the screening sponsor