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WCNY presents free preview of ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’

WCNY presents free preview of ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, presents a free preview of “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World” at Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St. in Auburn, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Prior to the preview, a free reception will be held at the Equal Rights Heritage Center located at 25 South Street from 5 to 7 p.m. A Q&A follows the preview. Reception partner is Octane Social House.

“RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World” is an electric look at Native American influence in popular music, going deep into the Indigenous foundations of rock.

“RUMBLE”  traces the melodies, rhythms, and beats of traditional Native music as they took different forms across the spectrum of 20th-century American rock. Native Americans such as Robbie Robertson and Buffy Sainte-Marie helped to define its evolution, while Native guitarists and drummers such as Link Wray — the electric guitar pioneer whose titular instrumental hit was banned from the radio, Hall of Famer Jimi Hendrix, who was part-Cherokee, Jesse Ed Davis, and many more forever changed the trajectory of rock and roll. Their stories are told by some of America’s greatest rock legends who knew them, played music with them, and were inspired by them, including George Clinton, Taj Mahal, Slash, Jackson Browne, Taboo, Buddy Guy, Quincy Jones, Derek Trucks, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler and Stevie Van Zandt.

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