Join NPT and Watkins College of Art on Thursday, Jan. 10 for a free Indie Lens Pop-Up event featuring Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. The screening takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Watkins theater. Following the screening, award-winning Native American musician Gareth Laffely (who is of Mi’kmaq/Cree descent) will perform. The event is free, but RSVP is required. Seating will be first come, first served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Rumble is an electrifying look at Native American influence in popular music and shows how musicians such as Peter La Farge and Buffy Sainte-Marie helped to define its evolution. Native guitarists and drummers like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis and Randy Castillo forever changed the trajectory of rock and roll ‒ despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indigenous culture.
“Being part native was very meaningful to my grandma, and she instilled that in all of us, especially Jimi,” says Janie Hendrix (Jimi’s sister).
Rumble has a long list of music artists, historians, icons’ family members, and experts participating in the film, including Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, John Trudell, David Fricke (Rolling Stone Magazine), Steven Tyler, Taboo, Derek Trucks, Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood, Hart Monk, Boudreaux, George, Clinton, Jackson Browne, Martha Redbone, Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (Mc5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Pura Fé (Ulali), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne), Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Mike Inez (Alice In Chains), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Pat Vegas (Redbone), Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and many others.
“One can’t help but notice the rhythms of— or the pulse that was here, that is here; been here,” says George Clinton (Parliament / Funkadelic). “The feel of Native American is in a lot of rock ‘n’ roll.”
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. The films are chosen from current broadcast seasons of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Independent Lens airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. on NPT.
The remainder of NPT’s 2018-2019 Indie Lens Pop-Up schedule includes:
The Providers by Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin; Thursday, March 7, 6 p.m.
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. Amidst personal struggles that at times reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system. With intimate access, the documentary shows the transformative power of providers’ relationships with marginalized patients.
Charm City by Marilyn Ness; Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m.
During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, Charm City delivers an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of the police, citizens, and government officials left on the front lines. In these divisive times, Charm City offers humanity as common ground.
More about Rumble:
Many artists and musical forms played a role in the creation of rock, but arguably no single piece of music was more influential than the 1958 instrumental “Rumble” by American Indian rock guitarist and singer/songwriter Link Wray. When recalling Link Wray’s shivering guitar classic, “Rumble,” Martin Scorsese marvels, “It is the sound of that guitar . . . that aggression.” “Rumble” was the first song to use distortion and feedback. It introduced the rock power chord – and was one of the very few instrumental singles to be banned from the radio for fear it would incite violence.
Rumble explores how the Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indian culture in the United States. As RUMBLE reveals, the early pioneers of the blues had Native as well as African American roots, and one of the first and most influential jazz singers’ voices was trained on Native American songs. As the folk rock era took hold in the 60s and 70s, Native Americans helped to define its evolution.
Father of the Delta Blues Charley Patton, influential jazz singer Mildred Bailey, metaphysical guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix, and folk heroine Buffy Sainte-Marie are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have made their distinctive mark on music history. For the most part, their Indian heritage was unknown.
“From 16 to 20 years old…. That’s the only thing i listened to, Mildred Bailey,” says Tony Bennett. “She sang perfect, for me — she was a great jazz singer!”
Rumble uses playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, archives and interviews. The stories of these iconic Native musicians are told by some of America’s greatest music legends who knew them, played music with them, and were inspired by them: everyone from Buddy Guy, Quincy Jones, and Tony Bennett to Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, and Stevie Van Zandt.
“The one group that hasn’t really been investigated in terms of their contribution [to music history], is the Native Americans,” says Gary Giddins, jazz critic (The Village Voice).
Rumble shows how Indigenous music was part of the very fabric of American popular music from the beginning, but that the Native American contribution was left out of the story – until now.
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Victoria returns Sunday, January 13 with 2-part Wedding Special
One of the highest-rated dramas on PBS in 20 years, Victoria‘s premiere season was hailed as a “gem” by The Hollywood Reporter and a “breakout hit” by Harpers Bazaar. The regal drama continues as Season 3 is set to premiere Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, on MASTERPIECE on PBS and contnue for 8 enchanting episodes through March 3, 2019.
Victoria Season 3 premieres on MASTERPIECE on PBS on Sunday, January 13 at 9/8c with Episode 1: “Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown.” For Victoria’s sake, we hope it’s not true!
After the episode a special show, Victoria & Albert: The Wedding, debuts for a 2-episode run. Enjoy a recreation of the wedding that changed British matrimonial ceremonies forever. This series, hosted by Lucy Worsley, celebrates an enduring love that was to melt the nation’s heart and set the standard for generations of brides to come. Victoria & Albert: The Wedding premieres Jan. 13, 2019 at 10/9c
In the first episode of Victoria & Albert: The Wedding, Dr. Lucy Worsley introduces the team of experts who join her in preparing to reconstruct the wedding that changed history. As they get ready for the ceremony and investigate the stories behind the dress, the food and the music, they uncover details that astonish. And the challenge ahead of them comes into focus. As they labor, Lucy and her co-host, Museum Curator Jasdeep Singh, tell the backstory of the most romantic of all royal romances, a tale of tragedy, scandal, intrigue – and a whiff of revolution.
In episode two, (premiering Jan. 20, 2019) Lucy and her team are in their finery for Victoria and Albert’s big day. Lucy herself dons the latest look for high-status ladies in 1840, and takes her place in a pew inches from the altar. The ceremony is the culmination of the love story at the heart of this series, and the most accurate reconstruction of the event ever staged. It’s also a forum for discussion of the feuds and political undercurrents that meant that this union had to be a fresh start with a new kind of royal family. The ceremony is followed by a sumptuous wedding breakfast prepared in a Georgian kitchen by Food Historian Dr. Annie Gray, a prelude to the first night that began a marriage so iconic it saved the Crown and heralded constitutional monarchy as we know it today.
Victoria & Albert: The Wedding was produced by BBC Studios and PBS.