DOXA 2017 review: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World


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      Charley Patton and Jimi Hendrix are among the godhead musicians whose veins coursed with aboriginal blood, although the real spirit animal here is Link Wray, whose incredibly influential 1958 instrumental gives this celebratory and deeply satisfying doc its name. “Here comes this sound that makes you levitate out of bed about four feet,” is how Taj Mahal remembers first hearing Wray’s menacing (and much banned) hit.

      Mahal’s own outfit would feature Comanche-Kiowa guitar genius Jesse Ed Davis, also lovingly profiled here alongside jazz pioneer Mildred Bailey and a remarkable succession of artists leading all the way to Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo. In the end, with help from the likes of Wayne Kramer and Iggy Pop, Rumble makes it abundantly clear that the time has come to rewrite the book on American music, or as the ever-pithy Robbie Robertson puts it, “Yeah, you wouldn’t let me talk about it before, well now I’m gonna talk real loud.”