New Rock Doc “Rumble” Focuses On Native American Musicians

Boasting a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the documentary features Steven Van Zandt, Iggy Pop and more

This weekend at the Detroit Film Theatre, a documentary that rocks is taking over the screen.

“Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World” focuses on the contributions of Native American musicians to rock ‘n roll as well as modern music today including artists like Link Wray, whose 1958 single “Rumble” was one of the most innovative rock songs of all time.

Former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is featured in the documentary and talked with CultureShift about how the song influenced him.

“It was a defiant sound,” says Kramer, who also operates Jail Guitar Doors, a non-profit arts organization focused on increasing access to musical instruments for inmates. “It was distorted, raw and uncontrollable — and it sounded fabulous to me and a whole generation of young people in America.”

Tickets to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday screenings of “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World” at the Detroit Film Theatre are available here.

Poster for “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World”



  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.