Redbone : the true story of a Native American rock band

by Staebler, Christian (Illustrator),

Format: Print Book 2020
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Experience the riveting, powerful story of the Native American civil rights movement and the resulting struggle for identity told through the high-flying career of West Coast rock 'n' roll pioneers Redbone.

You've heard the hit song "Come and Get Your Love" in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy , but the story of the band behind it is one of cultural, political, and social importance.

Brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas were talented Native American rock musicians that took the 1960s Sunset Strip by storm. They influenced The Doors and jammed with Jimmy Hendrix before he was "Jimi," and the idea of a band made up of all Native Americans soon followed. Determined to control their creative vision and maintain their cultural identity, they eventually signed a deal with Epic Records in 1969. But as the American Indian Movement gained momentum the band took a stand, choosing pride in their ancestry over continued commercial reward.

Created in cooperation of the Vegas family, authors Christian Staebler and Sonia Paoloni with artist Thibault Balahy take painstaking steps to ensure the historical accuracy of this important and often overlooked story of America's past. Part biography and part research journalism, Redbone tells a vivid story about this neglected chapter of American history.
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Booklist Review: "The French team behind this musical biography frame their story as a contemporary conversation between founding Redbone member Pat Vegas and his adult children. His daughter Frankie visits Pat as his DJ shift at KCLA ends, and the reminiscence begins. In the early sixties, Pat and his brother Lolly perform on the Sunset strip, crossing paths cross with The Byrds, The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix, who gives the brothers the idea of forming "an all Indian band. That'd make this country sit up." The seed germinates and Redbone bursts forth, adding members to its ranks, racking up hits, and touring. In recounting the band's story, Staebler and Paolini offer a lens onto aspects of the twentieth-century Native American struggle for civil rights and injustices like forced schooling and racist policing, as well as the 1968 birth of the American Indian Movement. Balahy's art is particularly splendid and well-varied in style for the complex subject matter. Black-and-white watercolors and newsprint-effect sketches depict historic images, while musical scenes are lively with ribboning tunes and washes of red and blue that call to mind 3D glasses."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The origins of Redbone, a Native American rock band, is recalled episodically in this forthright, largely upbeat chronicle, anchored by interviews with one of the founding members, Pat Vegas. The story opens in 1962, as music manager Bumps talks Los Angeles--based Pat and brother Lolly Vasquez into anglicizing their last name to Vegas, because "white guys like to stick together." Later, with the encouragement of Jimi Hendrix, the duo instead embraces their identity and welcome fellow Native American musicians Tony Bellamy and Pete DePoe into the fold. Redbone gains popularity, culminating in their 1974 million-selling hit, "Come and Get Your Love." They also perform overtly political songs about Wounded Knee and become vocal about the grim conditions of Native American reservations. This political awakening is balanced with lighter episodes and trivia, such as when Pat accidentally calls the Queen of England "babe." Though Redbone breaks up in 1975 due to a combination of internal tensions and music industry politics, the brothers soon retool and continue to play on. Throughout, Balahy's loose, energetic drawings; imaginative layouts; and playful use of color make everything pop. It all adds up to an entertaining, enlightening history for music fans. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Redbone (Musical group) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Indians of North America -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Rock music -- History -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Biographical comics.
Nonfiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher San Diego, CA :2020
Other Titles Redbone.
Contributors Paoloni, Sonia, 1963- author.
Balahy, Thibault, artist.
Gauvin, Edward, translator.
Language English
Notes Translated from the French.
Description 159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 157) and discography (pages 158-159).
ISBN 9781684057146
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