Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017), dir. Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana.

Rumble is the untold story of how Native Americans and Native Canadians influenced contemporary music, including rock, jazz, and blues. The story is told on two different levels. First, there is the idea that Native American music in general had a strong influence on the development of contemporary music. Elements of Native music make their appearance in a variety of contemporary music forms. Whether it is the rhythm of chants or drums, these elements find their way into contemporary music. This kind of influence is difficult to show, but Rumble does an excellent job of connecting the dots. Native music also is identified as music of the land and one of the most interesting features of the film is a juxtaposition of landscapes with musical performance. You are watching a musical performance that slides seamlessly into a landscape and you immediately recognize the "earthiness" of the music.

At another level, the movie identifies the influence of particular Native musicians on music. This is an easier task because there are contemporary musicians who tell us that they have been influenced by these Native artists. We learn about the influence of Native musicians from those who have felt that influence. …

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