REDBONE: 1970s American Indian rock group featured in the 2017 documentary: RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

In Memory of John Trudell

Thank you, RUMBLE, for taking the high road. 

Astounding film. It’s a shame that RUMBLE isn’t in theaters everywhere for Americans to view—after gorging on turkey on this “Thanksgiving” day—instead of watching football. I was lucky to catch a screening in San Rafael, California this past Sunday at the Rafael Theater, thanks to The California Film Institute (CFI).

For the Q&A following the film, CFI Executive Director, Mark Fishkin, was joined on stage by: Director, Catherine Bainbridge, Producer, Christina Fon, (Reel Injun’), Artist, Tatoo (Black Eyed Peas) and Executive Producer and rock guitarist Stevie Salas (Apache).

Want to know who Elvis copied? You have only to look at LINK WRAY, and after hearing his first cord you will also know the meaning of cool, fibrous rock and roll .

I didn’t have any questions during the Q & A; the film had answered questions I didn’t know I had. The creators of this long, long overdue tribute to the true roots of American music took the advice of former FLOTUS Michelle Obama: they “went high”. Much of our nation has lost its mind around morals, ethics and common decency, so thank you RUMBLE for moving past the genocide and colonial hypocrisy of the US government to show the true beauty and history of our country through the stories and music—from ancient to modern—of American Indians.

A long list of music artists, historians, icons’ family members, and experts participate in the film including: Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese, George Clinton, Steven Tyler, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Slash (Guns & Roses) Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Steven Van Zandt, and the insuppressible Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Keep going to watch trailer at end of post…

Pura Fé (Ulali)

Taj Mahal

Pat Vegas (Redbone)

RUMBLE needs Oscar dust to get the distribution it deserves. YOU CAN HELP—look for a a screening near you (NYC MOMA is tomorrow 11/24 @ 7:30pm); make some noise for RUMBLE: tell your friends and family, bug local theaters/venues to sponsor screenings, share this post on social media—start by watching the trailer: