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At FLIFF, a vital link to rock history in 'Rumble'

At FLIFF, a vital link to rock history in 'Rumble'

In the documentary “Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World,” artist and musician Pura Fe is seated next to an old turntable as spinning vinyl crackles with the primal moan of Mississippi blues icon Charley Patton. As she listens, there is a broad smile of recognition, a laugh and then a struggle to hold back a tear.

The scene comes in a section of the film that includes video of Mick Jagger and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones introducing a 1965 British TV audience of screaming teenagers to “one of our greatest idols,” blues legend Howlin’ Wolf, and an archival recording of Howlin’ Wolf describing how he learned the guitar from his own idol, Patton.

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