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Rock n Roll Legend and Co-founder of Redbone Pat Vegas, his son PJ and daughter Frankie talk about new Graphic Memoir out in late October

By Judy Shields

Photos provided by Laura McGregor & Alissa Bremner

Rancho Cucamonga, California (The Hollywood Times) 9/30/2020 – “Help the young understand the old – One is Silver; the other Gold! A quote from Pat Vegas that he shared with the Hollywood Times after our Zoom interview today.

Pat Vegas

 

It was great to have Pat Vegas, his daughter, Frankie and his son PJ talk to us today.  PJ and Frankie told us about being American Natives, Mexican and Italian on their Mother’s side. Now that is some great cultural heritage.  There was even a hint of a Redbone movie, hush, hush for now, but no doubt will be picked up! PJ has been working on new music with his father Pat and we are looking forward to hearing more about that to come.

PJ Vegas

 

 

Check out the interview here:

https://youtu.be/ZLFJ3Fl5NRM

Pat Vegasrock ‘n’ roll legend and co-founder of Redbone, the most famous Native American Band in history, and his daughter Frankie Vegas have been working on a new graphic memoir.  In late October, IDW Publishing will be releasing Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band, a new, historically accurate graphic memoir which chronicles the high-flying career of  rock ‘n’ roll pioneers and amplifies the voice of Redbone and of a people long neglected.

Frankie Vegas

The graphic memoir is told in part, through Frankie’s eyes and conversations with her dad. She also wrote the forward for the book.

Written by Christian Staebler and Sonia Paoloni in cooperation of the Vegas family and illustrated by Thibault BalahyRedbone uncovers key pieces of American history and the powerful story of the Native American civil rights movement, from the creation of the first rock ‘n’ roll band made up of all Native Americans, to the incorporation of tribal beats into chart-topping rock music and popular culture, to the members of the band taking a stand for their ancestry over continued commercial reward.

“I hope you enjoy this flashback journey into the history of my family! It’s rich in knowledge, wisdom, truth, love, originality, and strength,” says Frankie Vegas, daughter of Pat Vegas.

“This graphic novel collaboration between Redbone co-founder Pat Vegas with authors Christian Staebler and Sonia Paoloni makes for an inspired telling of the group’s storied origins, itself serving as a window into a riveting and often obscured history of Native American civil rights past and present,” said editor Justin Eisinger. “I could not put this book down.”

IDW welcomes the Redbone graphic novel into the company’s comprehensive Spanish Language publishing initiative with the release of Redbone: la Verdadera Historia de una Banda de Rock Nativa Americana, expanding the accessibility of this culturally and politically important story to Spanish-speaking communities throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Redbone: The True Story of A Native American Rock Band is now available, in both language editions, for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers. Visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band
by Christian Staebler, Sonia Paoloni, and Thibault Balahy
ISBN 978-1-68405-714-6
$19.99 US / $25.99 CAN
160-page, full color softcover, 7” x 10″
September 2020

Redbone: la Verdadera Historia de una Banda de Rock Nativa Americana
(Spanish Language Edition)
by Christian Staebler, Sonia Paoloni, and Thibault Balahy
ISBN 978-1-68405-818-1
$19.99 US / $25.99 CAN
160-page, full color softcover, 7” x 10″
September 2020

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. This is a powerful story of the Native American civil rights movement, from the creation of the first rock ‘n’ roll band made up of all Native Americans, to the incorporation of tribal beats into chart-topping rock music and popular culture, to the members of the band taking a stand for their ancestry over continued commercial reward.

Redbone brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas influenced The Doors, jammed with Jimmy Hendrix before he was “Jimi,” and took the 1960s Sunset Strip by storm.

Redbone just dropped a new music video for “Come and Get Your Love”! Check it out here: https://youtu.be/BA4rSO-h9Io 

About Pat Vegas

 

Pat Vegas is a Native AmericanMexican musician, vocalist, writer, and producer of Redbone, known for their hit singles “Come and Get Your Love”, “Witch Queen of New Orleans”, “Maggie”, and “We were all wounded at Wounded knee”. He has played in numerous ensembles which include Pat & Lolly Vegas, The Avantis, and Redbone. He was featured in the NY Smithsonian along with his brother Lolly and bandmates for being the first Native American rock group to have a No. 1 single.  In 1969, along with his brother Lolly, rhythm guitarist Tony Bellamy and drummer Pete DePoe, he formed the band Redbone which produced the hit songs, “Maggie”, “The Witch Queen of New Orleans” and “Come And Get Your Love”. Vegas was featured in the 2017 film Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, a documentary which explores the influence that Native Americans had on rock ’n’ roll.

The Hollywood Times was there to cover that event. Here is the article:

PBS SoCal Presents RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

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About Frankie Vegas

Frankie is a Writer, Hypnotherapist, Marketing professional, and CEO & Founder of Who’s Frankie @WhosFrankieOfficial. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA to a Native American dad named Pat and Italian mom named Acela. I grew up in the entertainment industry which led me to have a love of the arts at a young age. My father Pat Vegas, and Uncle Lolly Vegas of legendary group Redbone, known for their hit single “Come and Get Your Love” pioneered what it means to come from nothing and make something. My grandfather (Moms dad) Antonio Cortese was very big in the theater/opera world in San Francisco back in the day as well. I still remember him singing opera at the top of his lungs when we would go to his home to visit him lol. That courage they all had, gave me the drive to accomplish many things in my life.

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About PJ Vegas

PJ Vegas is a singer songwriter from Los Angeles CA who’s best known for his sultry vocals, gritty content and genre bending style. He is a 2018 Native American Music Award for Best Independent Single.

Having made his mark as one of the first Native American R&B singers to be recognized in the industry by MTV in 2017 (he won a VMA for “Best Video with a Message”), his ascent in mainstream consciousness came at a time when cultural tolerance was beginning to sink. But he hasn’t given up and he still stands with other POC to push back against racial discrimination.  His new song “Pesos” rallies for that change.

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About IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing (IDWP), a subsidiary of IDW Media Holdings Inc. (OTC PINK: IDWM), is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books, trade paperbacks, and tabletop games.

Founded in 1999, IDWP is one of the top four publishers of comic books and graphic novels in the U.S with an award-winning library of world-renowned licensed content and original series. More than 80 IDWP titles have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list, and have won 48 Eisner Awards, the highest honor in comic book publishing, and 27 Harvey Awards.

IDWP publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including Lucasfilm’s Star Wars, Hasbro’s TransformersG.I. Joe, and My Little Pony; ViacomCBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; SEGA’s Sonic The Hedgehog; Disney’s Classic Characters; Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and Avengers; and many more.

IDWP also publishes best-selling original series including Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s Locke & Key, Jonathan Maberry’s V Wars, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, Walter Simonson’s Ragnarök, Beau Smith’s Wynonna Earp, Steve Niles, and Damian Worm’s October Faction, Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood’s Zombies vs Robots and Joe Hill and Martin Simmonds’ Dying is Easy.

IDWP’s award-winning imprints The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books and Artist’s Editions preserve the valuable cultural history of the sequential art medium, while titles under the critically acclaimed Top Shelf Productions imprint celebrate fiercely independent voices. Top Shelf published George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy in 2019which debuted at #2 on the New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list and was also named a “Best Book of the Year” by NPR, Amazon, Forbes, Publishers WeeklySchool Library JournalKirkus Reviews, the New York Public Library, and more.  Top Shelf’s #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestseller, March by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell is the only graphic novel to have won a National Book Award.

IDW Games, launched in 2014, publishes both creator-owned and licensed tabletop games. IDW Games offers a mix of popular licensed games, such as Dragon Ball Z and Batman the Animated Series, as well as strategic hobby games, such as Towers of Arkhanos and Tonari.

IDW Entertainment (IDWE) develops, finances, produces, and distributes creative, diversified and targeted entertainment content ranging from sister company IDW Publishing’s extensive IP catalog of comic books and graphic novels. Since 2013, IDWE has successfully delivered three seasons of the critically-acclaimed Wynonna Earp, and the Netflix series adaptations of the popular comic book Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez and show run by Carlton Cuse, V-Wars starring Ian Somerhalder, and October Faction.

IDW is headquartered in San Diego, CA with offices in Stamford, CT and Studio City, CA.