LINK WRAY

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's most glaring omission

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VOTE FOR LINK WRAY

Please take a moment and VOTE FOR LINK in the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan poll. Please vote for LINK ONLY and from every device you have. You can vote once a day between now and December 5, 2017.

Native American. Korean War veteran. One lunged rocker. Changed the face of Rock and Roll. More than any artist this year - no one has done more for rock and roll than Link Wray.

VOTE HERE

LINK WRAY - 2018 ROCK HALL NOMINEE

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Today it was announced that Link Wray is a nominee for the Class of 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now it’s time to get to work.

CLICK HERE for the action plan to help Link’s chances for induction.

CLICK HERE to vote for Link Wray. You can vote once a day.

Today Link is one step closer to getting in the Rock Hall, but the man who gave rock and roll intentional distortion and the power chord is still on the outside looking in.

Link Wray was ahead of his time. It’s time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to catch up to Link Wray.

"LINK WRAY" IS NAMED THE BEST NEW REISSUE!

“In 1971 Link Wray made one of the best roots rock albums ever.”

Link Wray’s self titled Polydor LP is named “the best new reissue” by Pitchfork! Read the review.

WIN LINK WRAY RECORDS!

Submit your cover song from Link’s self-titled LINK WRAY, BE WHAT YOU WANT TO or MORDICAI JONES albums to the folks over at Light In The Attic Records. The winner could end up with FREE Link Wray records and social media fame! Screen Shot 2017-08-07 at 8.41.59 PM

LITTLE STEVEN ON RUMBLE

Little Steven Van Zandt tells us why Link Wray’s RUMBLE is “the sexiest, toughest riff in all of rock and roll.”

Another incredible web exclusive brought to you by RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD!

LINK IN TIMES SQUARE, NYC!

The fine folks at Rezolution Pictures and Kino Lorber are cranking up the promotional machine for RUMBLE!

In preparation for the nationwide release this week, here is a shot of the Hard Rock Cafe marquee in Times Square New York City, featuring Link’s image.

CLICK HERE for the latest details on the screening locations of the Sundance and HotDocs award winning RUMBLE. Don’t be late because the film kicks off with Link’s story.

THE TEACHER AND HIS STUDENTS

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DUNN AREA HISTORY MUSEUM

The Dunn Area History Museum will soon be moving to it’s new location at the Prince Building at 201 East Broad Street in Dunn. It will also be featuring a permanent exhibit on Link Wray, with video and several donations by Link’s daughter Beth!

RUMBLE ACROSS THE WORLD!

To keep up with all the latest screening locations of the award winning film RUMBLE, click here.

LINK'S "SHACK" LP IS BACK IN PRINT!

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For the first time in close to half a century, Link’s classic self-titiled “Shack” LP is back in print!

The fine folks at Light In The Attic Records will release this LP on vinyl July 21st! This is a faithful reproduction, including the original die-cut sleeve!

Quickly forgotten when it was released in 1971, this Link LP has become a sought-after classic. This record is like nothing Link ever did before, or since. Backwoods, gut-bucket country blues, it can be argued that this record kicked off the Americana genre.

Pre-order this gem here. Do it now, because there is an ultra limited edition of 400 LPs on YELLOW vinyl!

While you’re at it, you can order the follow-ups to this classic, BEANS AND FATBACK as well as MORDICAI JONES. Tell ‘em LinkWray.com sent ya!

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!

AN EXCLUSIVE RUMBLE CLIP OF DAN AUERBACH

In this clip, Dan Auerbach listens to RUMBLE, talks about seeing Link Wray and how he influenced his career.

AN EXCLUSIVE RUMBLE CLIP OF WAYNE KRAMER

Link Wray 101. Wayne Kramer of the MC5 shows how Link changed rock and roll.


Wayne Kramer (The MC5) ****RUMBLE Web Exclusive**** from Rezolution Pictures on Vimeo.

RUMBLE IN ARIZONA

See Link Wray in RUMBLE at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona Arizona on June 4th at 5:15!

RUMBLE IN GERMANY

See Link in the Sundance award winner RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD May 6 and May 8 in Munich Germany at the Dok Fest!

RUMBLE IN CANADA

RUMBLE heads to Canada April 30 - May 2 at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival! It will also be at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival on May 5th at the Vancity Theater at 1181 Seymour Street in Vancouver!

RUMBLE ALL OVER CALIFORNIA!

RUMBLE hits LA on Sunday April 23rd at 4pm! It is part of the Canada Now Film Series. Screening will be at the American Cinematheque at Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Street, Los Angeles, CA.

May 13 - Doclands Film Festival at the California Film Institute, San Rafael Film Centre, and on June 2nd it’s RUMBLE IN MENDOCINO at the Mendocino Film Festival.

RUMBLE IN DENMARK

RUMBLE comes to the MUSIKFILM FEST in Copenhagen Denmark! Saturday, April 23rd, 2-3:30pm! Musikfilm Festivalen, Cinemateket, Gothersgade 55, 1123 Kobenhaven

RUMBLE IN TORONTO

RUMBLE heads to the DOXA Documentary Film Festival on May 5th! BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

RUMBLE IN AUSTRALIA

Australian premiere in June! RUMBLE heads down under to the SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL. All the details are HERE.

REISSUED LINK FROM 1996

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April 14 marks the release of THE RUMBLE MAN on CD and a CD/DVD package.

But, don't get too excited. This is the third time these recordings have been released on CD and DVD. These items are audio and video recordings from a 1996 tour Link did in the UK. So if you have either releases of WALKING DOWN A STREET CALLED LOVE on CD, or if you have THE RUMBLE MAN or THE KING OF RUMBLE on DVD, you already have this material. If you don’t have it in your collection yet, the DVD covers the only time Link has sat down for a full length interview and the material has been out of print for a dozen or so years.

I'd like to say there might be new liner notes, or unreleased photos, but the fact that a late 70's Link picture was used on the cover of this 1996 era Link recordings, I'd bet it's not too likely...

RUMBLE ACROSS THE USA!

RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is scheduled for a Summer 2017 release in movie theaters across the USA! Pretty amazing when you think that almost 60 years after Link set the world on fire with RUMBLE, he will be in a film shown across the USA of the very same name. More details as we get them…

RUMBLE IN NEW MEXICO

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The Sundance award winner RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD will have it’s New Mexico premiere at the historic Kimo Theater on Route 66! RUMBLE will be the opening night movie at the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.

The screening date is June 6 at the historic Kimo Theater, located at 425 Central Avenue NW, Albuquerque - right on Route 66! Doors open at 7, showtime is 7:30pm. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

Stevie Salas, the Executive Director of RUMBLE, will also be honored at this event. He will be receiving the 2017 Visionary Award at the Festival.

RUMBLE IN FLORIDA

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RUMBLE rolls into the Sunshine State with a two night screening at the 2017 Florida Film Festival in Maitland. You can see this Sundance award winning film featuring Link Wray on April 24th and April 29th!

TICKET INFORMATION HERE

RUMBLE IN BUDAPEST

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See Link in RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD at the Titanic International Film Festival, April 7 thru April 9 in Budapest Hungary.

TICKET AND SCREENING INFORMATION

RUMBLE IN NEW YORK

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See RUMBLE in New York City at the IFC Center, 323 6th Avenue at West 3rd Street. There will be two screenings at 7 and 9 pm on April 6.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

RECORD STORE DAY 2017

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There will be two Link Wray LPs reissued for Record Store Day this year, BEANS AND FATBACK and BE WHAT YOU WANT TO, brought to you by the fine folks at Tidal Waves Music.

BEANS AND FATBACK has been out of print since 1973 and never released outside Europe.

BE WHAT YOU WANT TO, Link’s secod
Polydor LP, was reissued a dozen years ago on a very limited CD in Europe, but it has been out of print in vinyl format since 1973.

Both of these Link Wray recordings will be available worldwide on a limited edition to 2500 vinyl copies!

For more on Tidal Waves Music, you can check them out
on the web, on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Soundcloud and Instagram.

LINK MUSIC FEATURED IN NEW COMMERCIAL

RUMBLE. The perfect soundtrack for any kind of turf war.

RUMBLE IN CLEVELAND

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Cleveland Rocks, but this month Cleveland will RUMBLE!

Link can be seen in the Sundance award winning RUMBLE on March 30th and 31st at the CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Get your details here.

CIFF is a short mile away from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Maybe some of the powers-that-be over at the Rock Hall will attend a screening and finally see what they’ve been missing. Will it happen? The Shadow Knows… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

RUMBLE IN NORTH CAROLINA

Winston-Salem! Time to RUMBLE! March 31! River Run Film Festival in Winston-Salem. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

RUMBLE IN GREECE

RUMBLE makes it’s European debut at the Thessaloniki Film Festival in Greece March 10th and 11th. DETAILS HERE!

RUMBLE IN MASSACHUSETTS

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RUMBLE at Martha’s Vineyard on March 18th! BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

RUMBLE IN TORONTO

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Canadian Link Fans! RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is heading to the HotDocs Film Festival. Details here.

If you’re attending, we welcome your event photos and reviews. Contact us!

RUMBLE IN BOULDER

Executive Producer Stevie Salas reports last night’s screening of RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD was sold out, and the audience had some excellent questions prior to the screening

The Rumble keeps on rolling…

RUMBLE FILM LINKS

Get the latest on screenings and stay up to date on the Sundance award winning film RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD by visiting the following LINKs (typo intended).

Rumble film on FACEBOOK Rumble film on TWITTER Rumble film WEBSITE

RUMBLE WINS AT SUNDANCE!

We are pleased to report that the Resolution Pictures documentary RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WO ROCKED THE WORLD is now a 2017 Sundance Film Festival award winning film!

We are honored to have assisted the fine folks at Resolution Pictures with this project.

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THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

The reviews are in for RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD, and they are good!

You can read the review from Variety and read the review from the Hollywood Reporter.

RUMBLE will be screened throughout the week at Sundance.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL RUMBLE TRAILER

The official trailer for RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD was released today.

Take two minutes to give it a look. Then when this film gets to the Oscars, you can tell people you knew about it before almost everyone else.

#RumbleAtsundance

RUMBLE TEASER!

Learn more about the fine folks behind RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD.

RUMBLE AT SUNDANCE

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD will have it’s world premiere January 22 at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Rolling Stone magazine has named it one of their “must see” films!

We have been honored to assist with the Link portion of this project. We have no doubt that this film will do more for Link’s legacy than anything since, well…Link!

Congratulations to
Stevie Salas, Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Lisa Roth, Alfonso Maiorana and all the fine folks at Rezolution Pictures! They have worked long and hard on this film. They have created a documentary that will be viewed for years to come by music fans and researchers of Native American culture.

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THE ROCK HALL SNUBS LINK AGAIN...OR HAVE THEY?

We just heard the news that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame passed over Link Wray again…or have they?

Let’s look at the “Early Influence” criteria on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website and see if Link Wray could be considered as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Early Influence inductee this year -

“These artists pre-date the birth of rock and roll, but have had a profound impact on music’s evolution and it’s iconic artists.”

Let’s break that criteria down, piece-by-piece -

“These artists pre-date the birth of rock and roll…”

Does Link Wray pre-date the birth of rock and roll?

Depends on what definition the Rock Hall uses for the “birth of rock and roll.” Some historians say rock and roll started with Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88” that was released in 1951. Others will say rock and roll started in 1954 when Bill Haley and the Comets released “Rock Around the Clock.”

This year’s Rock Hall inductee page has yet another version of the “birth of rock and roll” timeline when it quotes Ice Cube - “Rock and Roll is a spirit. It’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop…” Using that quote, the “birth of rock and roll” moves back into the 1930’s and earlier.

So the actual “birth of rock and roll” has yet to be defined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Link is still in the game.

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Now, let’s look at the last half of that “Early Influence” criteria -

“…but have had a profound impact on music’s evolution and it’s iconic artists.”

Did Link Wray have a profound impact on music’s evolution and it’s iconic artists?

Ask Bob Dylan, Steven Van Zandt, Pete Townshend, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, John Fogerty, Neil Young, Elvis Costello other Rock Hall inductees as well as members of the Rock Hall Nominating Committee, whose quotes can be found on this page. Terry Stewart, the past President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has said, “Rock and Roll would not be what it is without the contribution of Link Wray.”

The answer is a resounding “yes.”

Link is still in the game.

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Finally, let’s take a look at the “musical timeline” of a couple recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Early Influence inductees -

FREDDIE KING - Started playing music in 1952, first records released in 1956.
WANDA JACKSON - Started playing music and first records released in 1954.

and compare them to

LINK WRAY - Picked up the guitar at 8 years old in 1937. First band formed in 1954, first records released in 1956.

Link Wray’s “musical timeline” is very similar with at least two Early Influence inductees.

Link is STILL in the game.

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We realize the odds might be very slim, but - we are hopeful that Link Wray will be considered as an Early Influence Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee this year.

Early Influence inductees aren’t announced until all the Performer votes are in - probably around December. We’ll see.

Congratulations and good luck to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees this year.

THIS IS PUNK ROCK GROUND ZERO!

NEWLY DISCOVERED 1963 LIVE RECORDINGS OF LINK WRAY!

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ink Wray was a trail blazer. Link was the first to use intentional distortion in a rock recording. Link is also credited with inventing the “power chord.” His song RUMBLE - an instrumental - was banned for fear it would incite violence.

Rock and roll would never be the same after Link Wray.

From Bruce Springsteen to Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, dozens of rock and roll legends cite Link Wray as a career influence. Heavy metal, surf, grunge, garage…they can all trace their roots to Link Wray.

Link and the Ray Men spent the early ’60’s playing frat parties on the college circuit up and down the East Coast. We have uncovered two classic Link tracks -
RUN CHICKEN RUN and RAWHIDE - and present them to you at their lo-fi, revved-up photo-punk best in our release LIVE IN ’63 at Cornell University!

LISTEN TO THESE FOUND TREASURES NOW!

NEWLY DISCOVERED RECORDINGS FEATURING LINK!

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Now available - “Worried Mind” and “You Can’t Break The Chains of Love” - THE LOST 45 from RAY VERNON, featuring DOUG and LINK WRAY!

RAY VERNON was the stage name of Vernon Wray, Link’s oldest brother.

Ray was signed to Cameo Records and had his first hit with "Evil Angel" in 1957. Cameo molded him as a teen idol and christened him
RAY VERNON.

Ray was an early member of Link Wray and the Ray Men. He soon moved "behind the scenes" in record production and management for several musicians - but he never stopped recording. He released several sides throughout his career, as well as the full length recordings
WASTED and SUPERSTAR AT MY HOUSE.

THE LOST 45 is the result of a recently discovered 1963 metal acetate disc containing two never-before-released classic country pop songs - “Worried Mind” and “You Can’t Break the Chains of Love.” Listen to these found treasures here!

We hope you enjoy these two songs and look for more recordings by this unsung legend of American Music.