Jan. 17 Screening in Lincoln Brings Light to Indigenous Influence of American Music

News Release Date: 
January 3, 2019

For Immediate Release

Jan. 17 Screening in Lincoln Brings Light to Indigenous Influence of American Music

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 3, 2019) – “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World” will be screened at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Auditorium of the Nebraska Union at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1400 R St.

The free event is presented by NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, in partnership with UNL. A popcorn bar will be available during the film, and a panel discussion will follow.

“RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World” is an electrifying look at Native American influence in popular music, despite attempts to ban, censor and erase Indigenous culture. The Indie Lens Pop-Up film is presented by ITVS and Independent LensRUMBLE“RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World”

As the film reveals, early pioneers of the blues such as Charlie Patton had Native as well as African American roots, and one of the first and most influential jazz singers, Mildred Bailey, had a voice trained on Native American songs.

As the folk-rock era took hold in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Native Americans such as Peter La Farge and Buffy Sainte-Marie helped to define its evolution, and Native guitarists and drummers like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis and Randy Castillo forever changed the trajectory of rock and roll.

Directed by Catherine Bainbridge and co-directed by Alfonso Maiorana, “RUMBLE” brings the music and musicians to life using innovative re-creations, archival concert footage, and interviews.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. For a complete schedule of NET’s 2018-2019 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening and discussion series, visit netNebraska.org/engage.

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CONTACT: Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578, skarstens@netNebraska.org


NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.