Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band
Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band

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Annotation: Presents the history of the Native American rock band Redbone, who rose to fame while maintaining their cultural identity, and took a stand as the American Indian Movement in the 1970s gained momentum.
Catalog Number: #256132
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Balahy, Thibault,
Pages: 159 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-684-05714-0 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-9145-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-684-05714-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-9145-8
Dewey: 920
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
An entertaining graphic novel about a band of influential Native rock stars and civil rights activists.Readers will enjoy learning the origin story of classic rock band Redbone, recently known for their hit “Come and Get Your Love” from the soundtrack of The Guardians of the Galaxy. Structured as an oral history recounted by Pat Vegas to his adult daughter, the story of Pat and his brother Lolly Vegas reveals their influential presence on the Sunset Strip beginning in the 1960s. From inspiring Jim Morrison and The Doors to conceiving of an all-Indian band with the encouragement of Jimi Hendrix, Redbone battled prejudice to be a part of the classic rock scene in America. Using their prominence as an avenue to support social justice, the band was integral to struggles for civil rights and the American Indian Movement. Including memories of the occupation of Alcatraz Island and the second Wounded Knee, this important story serves both as history and family love story. Frequently drawn without panels, free-floating illustrations are color coded to clarify the time periods discussed in the narrative. The drawing style, which feels like a personal sketchbook in places, adds to the charm and digressive nature of the plot. Well-researched and well-paced, this book will introduce a new generation to the music and impact of Redbone.Musicians with heart put their people before profits in an inspirational tale. (Graphic nonfiction. 12-adult)
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Illustrated by floating, unframed vignettes drawn in a realistic style in pen and ink with russet overtones, this conversational graphic memoir sheds light on an undeservedly obscure nook of rock and roll history. Now remembered chiefly for the hit single "Come and Get Your Love," the band that eventually dubbed itself Redbone was composed of brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas, plus a changing cast of musicians and managers. The authors draw on personal interviews as well as published sources to let Pat informally retrace the band's relatively meteoric rise and fall over lunch with his grown childrenfrom Redbone's early Sixties days as a duo on L.A.'s Sunset Strip through various configurations until internal tensions derailed the group's career in the late 1970s. Attempts to revive Redbone over subsequent years have met with at best fitful success, and several of the original members have died. In its heyday, though, the band fed chords to the Doors, jammed with Jimi Hendrix, and released a string of increasingly socially responsible tracks. While the narrator doesn't specify his own mixed tribal ancestry, he does mention that of others (Hendrix, for instance, was part Cherokee) and pauses to lay out the ethnocide of Indian boarding schools, both the original and the 1973 tragedies at Wounded Knee, and the growth of the American Indian Movement. Readers will be left with a clear sense of the groundbreaking band's achievements and spirit. VERDICT Compelling reading for fans of roots rock and Native American history in middle school and up. John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
An entertaining graphic novel about a band of influential Native rock stars and civil rights activists.Readers will enjoy learning the origin story of classic rock band Redbone, recently known for their hit “Come and Get Your Love” from the soundtrack of The Guardians of the Galaxy. Structured as an oral history recounted by Pat Vegas to his adult daughter, the story of Pat and his brother Lolly Vegas reveals their influential presence on the Sunset Strip beginning in the 1960s. From inspiring Jim Morrison and The Doors to conceiving of an all-Indian band with the encouragement of Jimi Hendrix, Redbone battled prejudice to be a part of the classic rock scene in America. Using their prominence as an avenue to support social justice, the band was integral to struggles for civil rights and the American Indian Movement. Including memories of the occupation of Alcatraz Island and the second Wounded Knee, this important story serves both as history and family love story. Frequently drawn without panels, free-floating illustrations are color coded to clarify the time periods discussed in the narrative. The drawing style, which feels like a personal sketchbook in places, adds to the charm and digressive nature of the plot. Well-researched and well-paced, this book will introduce a new generation to the music and impact of Redbone.Musicians with heart put their people before profits in an inspirational tale. (Graphic nonfiction. 12-adult)
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews (6/1/20)
School Library Journal (6/1/20)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 157) and discography (pages 158-159).
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 9-12

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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