Run time: 1 hr 43 min

Rating:  7.9/10 IMDb

Year it came out:  2017 (USA)

Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana



This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

The idea for RUMBLE came about when guitarist Stevie Salas, an Apache Indian and one of the film’s Executive Producers, realized that no one outside of the music business knew about the profound contribution of these Native musicians. Renewed attention to this missing chapter in the history of American music led to the publishing of Brian Wright-McLeod’s The Encyclopedia of Native Music, an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and eventually this documentary.


Awards & Nominations:

  • Audience Award – Hot Docs Film Festival 2017
  • Best Canadian Documentary – Hot Docs Film Festival 2017
  • Special Jury Prize for Masterful Storytelling – Sundance Film Festival 2017
  • Best Music Documentary – Boulder Film Festival 2017