One part behind the music and one part American history lesson, packaged in a visually interesting graphic memoir. Redbone was an American rock band who rose to fame in the 60's and 70's. If this was just the story of their journey through the music industry, which included brushes with the likes of Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix, it would be an interesting read, but it's so much more than that. Composed of four Native American members, the band faced challenges and discrimination that tested their courage and commitment and, ultimately, prevented them from reaching the heights and recognition they undoubtedly deserved. This is not a story of defeat, though; not at all. Told primarily through the voice of founding member and lead singer Paul Vegas, this is a story that, against all odds, vibrates with hope, joy and optimism (just like Paul, himself). It's a much needed history lesson on the era of Native American activism when groups like the American Indian Movement (AIM) were taking a stand and bringing attention to long-buried or long-denied abuses and crimes against indigenous people; and it's an important reminder that many of the issues they worked so hard to shed light on decades ago are still plaguing our country today. It's easy sometimes to underestimate the depths and power that can be contained in a graphic novel. Redbone is a classic example of a deceptively slim, accessible comic that packs an intellectual and emotional punch.
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.
About the Author
Diplomed from the School of Decorative Arts at the University of Strasbourg, Christian Staebler is a graphic designer and illustrator, working as a freelancer since 1991. His work includes layouts for books, magazines, industrial booklets, and packagings, while his illustration work includes client publishers like Hachette and Nathan.
In his personal works, Nature always comes first. He strives to show that each little piece of Nature contains amazing beauties. This theme comes out in his illustrations, photos, and scan-art.
He is also the creator and webmaster of the official website of legendary Native American rock band Redbone.
"Compelling reading for fans of roots rock and Native American history in middle school and up." —School Library Journal
"An entertaining, enlightening history for music fans. Balahy’s loose, energetic drawings; imaginative layouts; and playful use of color make everything pop." —Publishers Weekly
"Musicians with heart put their people before profits in an inspirational tale. Well-researched and well-paced, this book will introduce a new generation to the music and impact of Redbone." —Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)
"In some eyes, the guys in Redbone, still the most successful Native American rock band this country has produced, are indeed superheroes. Not all heroes wear capes, and some wear buckskin." —Houston Chronicle "In the early sixties, Pat and his brother, Lolly, perform on the Sunset Strip, crossing paths 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. Staebler and Paoloni 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." —Booklist
"Relates a compelling story extending much farther than solely rock music. Redbone the book enlightens readers both musically and culturally." —People's World