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RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.


RUMBLE will tell the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others, RUMBLE will show how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.


RUMBLE is inspired by the Smithsonian Institution exhibit “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians In Popular Culture,” created by Tim Johnson and Stevie Salas for the National Museum of the American Indian.


RUMBLE has a long list of music artists, historians, family members, and experts participating in the film, including: Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Martin Scorsese, John Trudell, David Fricke (Rolling Stone Magazine), Steven Tyler, Derek Trucks, Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Martha Redbone, James “Hutch” Hutchinson, Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Pura Fe Crescioni (Ulali), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne), Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Pat Vegas (Redbone), Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and many others.

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


Edited by

Jeremiah Hayes & Ben Duffield


Editing Consultant

Jon Kalina


Director of Photography

Alfonso Maiorana


Visual Researcher

Rebecca Lessard


Original Soundtrack Composed by

Ben Charest


Executive Producers

Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon,

Diana Holtzberg, Linda Ludwick, Jan Roefkamp,

Ernest Webb, & Ray Halbritter



Chris Turner, Curator, Smithsonian N.M.A.I



Brian Wright MacLeod, Author (Encyclopedia of Native American Music)



The Movie Network, ARTE, APTN, SCR/RDI, ARTV



Feature-length documentary, English & French




“I  found out about my roots at 5 years old.  My grandmother was the one person that inspired me to do what i do today, by bringing me into her Shoshone culture.”



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