Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Stevie Salas is Executive Producer of the Native American documentary film “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World.”

Named after the 1958 Link Wray smash hit, “Rumble” traces the influence of Native Americans on nearly a century of popular music in an eloquent and engaging way. American popular music – and the history of rock and roll itself – certainly would not have been the same without the contributions of Native American performers.

After decades of official government oppression, however, many Indian musicians were reluctant to reveal their heritage and it wasn’t until almost the 1960s that a sense of ethnic pride emerged.

“Rumble” is inspired by Salas’ own personal journey in the music industry. A Native American and top-notch guitarist for superstars like Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger, Salas often wondered why no one around him looked the way he did. He has researched the topic for years and unveiled his discoveries in a 2010 Smithsonian exhibit called “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture.” The exhibit changed the written history for Native American musicians and became the substantive basis for “Rumble” in its examination of the often-under-appreciated role Native Americans played in the development of American popular music.

The film examines 10 different musical icons of Native American ancestry, ranging from Delta blues great Charley Patton to iconic electric guitarist Jimi Hendrix – who was part Cherokee – to living legend Robbie Robertson of Mohawk descent. The principal cast includes also Buffy Sainte-Marie, Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler and Iggy Pop.

Rumble opens across North America, please check the upcoming Theatrical Releases:


July 28 – Aug 17 Toronto, ON Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Aug 11 – 17 Tulsa, OK Circle Cinema
Aug 11 – 17 New York, NY Cinema Village
Aug 11 –  17 Vancouver, BC Vancity Theater
Aug 18 – 24 Santa Fe, NM Violet Crown – Santa Fe
Aug 19 – 31 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Film Group
Aug 21 – 24 Albuquerque, NM The Guild Cinema
Aug 25 – 31 Philadelphia, PA Landmark Ritz at the Bourse
Aug 25 – 31 Atlanta, GA Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Aug 25 – 31 Washington, DC Landmark E Street Cinema
Aug 25 – 31 Hartford, CT Real Art Ways
Aug 25 – 31 Los Angeles, CA Landmark Nuart Theatre
Sept 1 – 7 Seattle, WA SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sept 1 – 7 Pittsburgh, PA Hollywood Theater – Dormont
Sept 1 – 7 Portland, OR Cinema 21
Sept 1 – 7 Minneapolis, MN Landmark Lagoon Cinema
Sept 1 – 7 Denver, CO Landmark Chez Artiste
Sept 1 – 7 San Rafael, CA Rafael Film Center
Sept 1 – 7 San Francisco, CA Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema
Sept 1 – 7 San Diego, CA Landmark Ken Cinema
Sept 1 – 7 Berkeley, CA Landmark Shattuck Cinemas
Sept 8 – 14 Quebec City, QC Cinema Le Clap
Sept 8 – 14 Montreal, QC Cinema du Parc
Sept 15 – 18 Ottawa, ON Bytowne
Sept 15 – 17 Detroit, MI Detroit Institute of Arts
Sept 15 – 21 Waterville, ME Railroad Square Cinema
Sept 20 – 23 Boulder, CO Boedecker Theater
Sept 28 – Oct 12 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Film Festival
Sept 28 – Oct 1 Houston, TX Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Nov 17 – 19 Richmond, VA Byrd Theatre

Sundance Film Festival 2017
Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling

Boulder International Film Festival 2017Best Music Documentary


Rumble – The Indians Who Rocked the World Trailer

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World – Trailer

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