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THE FINAL RUMBLE

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Anthony Ausgang wrote a review for Link’s last gig for a California paper that was never published. Anthony just found it and wanted to share it with Link fans. So, presented here is Anthony’s review of Link’s last gig. You can also find more reviews and photos of Link’s final rumble here.

LINK WRAY
GLENDALE CRUISE NIGHT
JULY 16, 2005
Death may be waiting in the wings but on Saturday night The Grim Reaper didn't even have a backstage pass. The "Godfather of Punk Guitar", Link Wray, was onstage front and center demonstrating the life saving qualities of the power chord, the whammy bar and gnarly "no effects" distortion. Rightfully staking claim as the O.G. of these musical potions of eternal youth, Link Wray raved on like a 16 year old as he slipped into "Rawhide". Even through his almost opaque sunglasses his defiant glare drove the pit crowd into a frenzy and his slinky, sexy power chords and lines stupefied the uninitiated. But the power wasn't just in the chords, it was also in the specter of this Rock and Roll survivor who makes Iggy Pop look like a mewling newborn. At 76 years old and as beaten up as a '37 Ford left out in the field, Link Wray made the understated slow-mo violence of "Rumble" as threatening now as when it was banned in 1958. Effortlessly keeping the fear alive, Wray tore through "Jack The Ripper", daring the audience to make something of it as only an old man can do who's veneration protects him from attack. Closing with a reprise of "Rumble", Wray finally threw his guitar down and began kicking it until he was led offstage. The guitar just lay there screaming, no one would go near it.

ANOTHER LINK WRAY COMMERCIAL!

Ford is featuring RUMBLE in a national television commercial! (if you’re viewing this on a mobile device, be sure to click the play button in the middle of the video and not the green on at the bottom left.)

MUSIC REALMS INTERVIEW

I was recently honored to be interviewed by MusicRealms.com this month. If you’d like to hear a Link story or two, learn how LinkWray.com came about, as well as other American music projects I’ve been involved with, you can read the interview here. You can also check out the rest of the cool rock and roll goings-on at MusicRealms.com here!

RUMBLE IN DC!

The Sundance and HotDocs award winning film RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is coming to the AFI DOCS film festival!

RUMBLE will be screening June 16. Get your tickets NOW because this film is guaranteed to SELL OUT in Link’s old stomping grounds of Washington DC!

MORDICAI JONES - VINYL REISSUE!

The fine folks at Tidal Waves Music will be reissuing Link’s MORDICAI JONES LP - part of the “Shack Trilogy” on June 16. This vinyl record is limited to 1200 copies. Pre-order yours now at Light In The Attic. While you’re there, there’s a few remaining copies of the Record Store Day 2017 releases of BEANS AND FATBACK and BE WHAT YOU WANT TO - get ‘em before they are gone!

RUMBLE WINS AT THE HOTDOCS FILM FESTIVAL!

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD was announced tonight as the winner of the Rogers Audience Award for the best Canadian Documentary at the prestigious HotDocs documentary film festival.As part of the award, directors Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana received a $50,000 cash prize from the Rogers Group of Funds.

Then, RUMBLE won the HotDocs Audience Award, coming in as number ONE out of 240 films!

Watch for RUMBLE in theaters across North America in July!

RUMBLE IN SEATTLE!

RUMBLE comes to the Seattle International Film Festival on May 26th and 27th. Meet Director Alfonso Maiorana and Producer Ernest Webb!

The May 26th screening is FREE but you must RSVP! DETAILS ARE HERE!