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Cinema Curiosa Presents: RUMBLE
December 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)
RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD
When recalling Link Wray’s shivering guitar classic, “Rumble,” Martin Scorsese marvels, “It is the sound of that guitar . . . the aggression.” Wray was the first to deploy thumping power chords and hone distortion, carving out a new guitar sound that influenced rock and roll forever. But as a Native American, Wray’s music was a threat and it was treated as such. Blues pioneer Charlie Patton, cherished jazz singer Mildred Bailey, and metaphysical wizard Jimi Hendrix are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have created their distinctive music amid the attempted cleansing of indigenous culture from the country. Their music was not even meant to exist.
Using playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, audio archives, and interviews with living legends, this deeply insightful film cements how some of our most treasured artists and songs found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and harmonies that were infused with a desire to resist. You’ll never listen to your favorite rock and roll classics the same way again.
Cinema Curiosa is presented at the TADL Main Library in the McGuire Community Room. The local rock band Parts Per Million or PPM will be warming up the night with an extended jam on Rumble starting at 7:00pm. facebook.com/
USA: 103 Minutes
Directed By: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
“Irresistible.” – Screen Daily
“Revelatory in almost every sense…the influence of Native Americans on nearly a century of popular music is eloquently demonstrated in this engaging documentary…” – Justin Lowe, the Hollywood Reporter