Rodriguez Has Three Albums In Australian Chart | Noise11.com

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Rodriguez has three albums in the Australian chart this week. The Rodriguez catalogue took an active run on the ARIA chart after his 2014 tour was announced last week.

Rodriguez was last in Australia only last year for Bluesfest and played a national tour with backing band The Break, featuring members of Midnight Oil and Violent Femmes.

The first Rodriguez album ‘Cold Fact’ (1970) is at 11, the ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ soundtrack is at 22 and his second and final album ‘Coming From Reality’ (1971) is at 25.

The Detroit singer songwriter Rodriguez has only ever recorded the two albums from the early ‘70s. Consider that at that time in Australia it was pre-FM radio, pre-Internet, pre-Cable and Digital TV. Australia was completely cut off culturally from the rest of the world at that time.

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Rodriguez to Tour Australia and New Zealand, tickets go on sale Thursday the 28th of August.

Rodriguez Australia 2014

Rodriguez Australia and New Zealand 2014

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Things We learned From Twitter This Morning….

1) A nationwide TV channel in Australia, called SBS, screened ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ on Sunday night and a lot of people watched it…..

2) The programmers at SBS decided to screen a commercial for Rodriguez’s upcoming tour of Australia during the first half of the film!

How’s that for a spoiler?

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“Sugar Man” Rodriguez announces 2014 Australian tour

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Legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez will return to Australia in October and November to play headline shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and two shows at the Opera House in Sydney.

After his two albums – 1969’s Cold Fact and 1971’s Coming from Reality – went unnoticed in America, Rodriguez eventually turned his efforts elsewhere, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wayne State University, running for political office and working construction and factory jobs to support his family.

Now Rodriguez is enjoying a revival after been “rediscovered” by the Oscar Award winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man in 2012 and will be touring Australia for the fourth time since 2007. Although the film focuses on the singer-songwriter cult following in South Africa, Rodriguez also had a significant fanbase in Australia; he first toured Australia in the late ‘70s and returned in 1981 playing shows with Midnight Oil. He has reguraly dropped a cover of Midnight Oil’s ‘Redneck Wonderland’ into his Australian setlists alongside his takes on Carl Perkins’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’.

Rodriguez tour

Sunday, October 19 – Convention Centre, Brisbane
Tuesday, October 21 – Opera House, Sydney
Thursday, October 23 – Opera House, Sydney
Saturday, October 25 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday, October 29 – AEC Theatre, Adelaide
Friday, November 7 – Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth

Tickets on sale on Thursday, August 28


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Message Of The Day From The Rodriguez Forum

Fernando Albiar Jr writes – “In ’69 my dad was graduating high school. He was a fan of Bob Dylan, Neal Young, Van Morrison. In 2012, Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He was depressed and my mom would say his problem was that he stopped listening to music….until he came across the Sugarman story and documentary. He bought a CD and soon she would complain that he is always listening to Sixto. I love that this music brings him joy. We had the chance to see him live at the Greek in LA in May 2014. We loved it! PS: My dad was a carpenter for over 30 years.”

Read new messages on the Sugarman Forum every day at http://www.sugarman.org/forum.html

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We Thought We’d Share This Lovely Message From Christine To Rodriguez On Today’s Sugarman.org Forum…

Poet extraordinaire. What memories. A youth relived. 1977 ‘Rodriguez At His Best’ is still one of my all time favourite albums. I just watched the doco and sang along with every song. Had no idea Rodriguez was so popular in South Africa back then. It certainly answered a lot of questions for me; he was always a mystery. To the man – your words speak of truth and an honest life lived. I’ll never have the money to see you in concert, but your lyrics and music drifted through my many dwellings marking the past years with memories sweet and sad. Thank you, Christine.

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Searching for Malik Bendjelloul – a tragedy revisited | Film | The Observer

In May Swedish film-maker Malik Bendjelloul – who had won an Oscar for his debut, the stunning Searching for Sugar Man – shocked everyone by taking his own life. Talking to the people closest to him, Andrew Anthony tries to make sense of a tragedy.

Malik Bendjelloul photographed in 2012: ‘He had a tremendous personal aura.’ Photograph: Andrew H Walker

Malik Bendjelloul photographed in 2012: ‘He had a tremendous personal aura.’ Photograph: Andrew H Walker

Documentary feature film-making, if done well, is a long, arduous and very often thankless task. There is no script to speak of, no blueprint or guidelines. All there is to work on is the shapeless chaos of the world, or a particular part of the world, out of which the film-maker hopes to fashion a coherent structure, arresting images, compelling characters and a story that excites and touches people. In terms of reaching a large and appreciative audience, it’s almost always a study in failure.

There are, though, a select group of exceptions, narrative documentaries that enjoy critical recognition and the special approval of a cinematic release. One such film was Searching for Sugar Man, a story about Sixto Rodriguez, a forgotten Detroit singer-songwriter from the early 1970s who, unbeknown to him, was a huge star in South Africa during the apartheid era. It was the debut of a young and immensely talented Swedish film-maker named Malik Bendjelloul, who had come across Rodriguez’s story while travelling in Africa, looking for stories to turn into short TV pieces.

So struck was he by the tale of this lost musician that he went off on his own and gathered the material, directed, filmed some sections himself, wrote incidental music, added his own illustrations, made the title sequence and finally edited it for 1,000 days. During filming Bendjelloul ran out of money and, as he could no longer afford Super 8 film, he shot some of the remaining footage on a smartphone using the iPhone app8mm Vintage Camera.

Read more at Searching for Malik Bendjelloul – a tragedy 

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