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Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band

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by Christian Staebler and Sonia Paoloni, Illustrated by Thibault Balahy

IDW Publishing

10/27/2020, paperback

SKU:  9781684057146


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 provides a voice to a people long neglected in American history.


Compelling reading for fans of roots rock and Native American history in middle school and up. -- School Library Journal

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

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.