Rockville 2069 Graphic Novel Press Release

Rockville 2069
Rockville 2069

Rockville 2069 is a relevant and contemporary rock musical set to create a new shift in this genre. It is a fully orchestrated production that sees over 60 artists and musicians from different cultural and musical backgrounds collaborating to bring a new, sometimes discordant, always thrilling voice to the rock musical scene.

The musical is the creative brainchild of composer Johnny Ray, who dreamed up the concept of communicating the story through a graphic novel after attending a comic festival, having noticed a gap in the market for a production that combines the current zeitgeist taste for sweeping sci-fi fantasies with a decidedly lyrical mode of execution. It was then decided to further explore the sci-fi theme by means of a graphic novel that would serve to launch the new-fangled epic on both the music- and literary scenes.

Concert for the CD Launch of Rockville 2069 takes place on Saturday the 18th of August at Kelvin Grove in Newlands, Cape Town. Doors open at 20h00, show starts at 20h30.

sneak peak of the graphic novel
sneak peak of the graphic novel

Website: www.rockville2069.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rockville2069arockmusical

Twitter: twitter.com/Rockville2069

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Rockville 2069 Graphic Novel Press Release.pdf

NME Album Reviews – Film Review: ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ – NME.COM

NME
NME
Rodriguez
Rodriguez

If you’ve ever heard the music of folk dude Sixto Rodriguez, you’ll know the Sugar Man – the spectral drug dealer at the heart of the Mexican-American songwriter’s best-known track of the same name. Via Rodriguez’s sparse acoustic guitar and vocal, the Sugar Man slips his customers horror, salvation and false friends, as well as drugs. At the song’s end a woozy whistle from the guitar searches for new highs and gets lost up there. And it’s up there where the singer has been hiding, according to Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul, whose reality-stretching documentary Searching For Sugar Man tells Rodriguez’s remarkable story.

via NME Album Reviews – Film Review: ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ – NME.COM.

President Jacob Zuma congratulates Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse on completing his Matric « Triple M Entertainment

30 July 2012

President Jacob Zuma wishes to congratulate one of the legendary South African musicians, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, on completing his Matric at the age of 61 years.

“On behalf of Government and the people of South Africa, we extend our sincere congratulations to Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse for achieving this amazing milestone at his age,” said President Zuma.

“You are indeed an inspiration to all of us by showing us that one is never too old for education. We admire your tenacity, discipline and your zeal to succeed and wish you well in all your future endeavours,” said President Zuma.

Enquiries: Mac Maharaj mediaenquiries.

Issued by: The Presidency

Website: www.thepresidency.gov.za

via President Jacob Zuma congratulates Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse on completing his Matric « Triple M Entertainment.

Searching for Sugar Man in South Africa | Sony Music

Searching for Sugar Man
Searching for Sugar Man

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE AND SOUNDTRACK BRINGS RODRIGUEZ’S INCREDIBLE LIFE STORY AND 1970s MUSIC TO A NEW GENERATION

Soundtrack available everywhere starting August 13, 2012, through Columbia/Legacy

“The buzzworthy Sundance documentary” – Yahoo!

“An acclaimed new documentary goes hunting for the lost Dylan” – Grantland

“The tale is better than the telling – and the soundtrack’s better still – but music this monumental demands its moment. Now go and buy the album” – Matt Glasby Total Film UK

“I found the story in 2006. I was looking for stories, travelling around South Africa and America, and thinking the purpose was to sell them to Swedish TV, because I’d been working for Swedish TV before. I found this story and it was the best story I’d ever heard in my life and probably ever will; a great, great story.” Director, Malik Bendjelloul

We all know the lyrics, we may even have been a fan, but who knows what happened to the musician who brought us Sugar Man? SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is the most improbable but true story you will ever witness on the big screen. Rodriguez, a mysterious Detroit singer-songwriter, became a source of hope and inspiration to the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa and then he disappeared – until two South Africans set out to discover what happened to one of the biggest music sensations this country has ever known. The thought-provoking new documentary film, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, will be screened exclusively at select Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau theatres on 31st August and is not to be missed!

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN tells a story that begins with the 1970 release of Rodriguez’s debut album, Cold Fact.

Discovered in the late 1960s, Rodriguez impressed producers with his Dylanesque songwriting. As a charismatic and mysterious artist he built a strong local following and became a true folk hero in the purest sense.

While Cold Fact was critically acclaimed, it did not succeed commercially, and despite the release of a second LP, Rodriguez drifted into obscurity. Rumors of his fate were widely and wildly exaggerated, ranging from reports of escalating depression to a sensationally gruesome suicide onstage, involving self-immolation.

Meanwhile, the LP had made its way around the world to South Africa, where it was banned by an oppressive government. Copies were bootlegged and circulated, and Rodriguez inadvertently became the soundtrack of an emerging liberal youth, including many liberal Afrikaans musicians for whom Rodriguez became an inspiration for their own music.

Over the next two decades, Rodriguez became a household name in the country, where the number of copies of Cold Fact would have earned it platinum sales status.

Both sides of the story, Rodriguez’s life in Detroit and the subsequent impact of his music in the smoldering Apartheid era proved fascinating to Stockholm-based documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul.

His subjects have included Kraftwerk, Björk, Sting, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, Kylie Minogue, Prince, and others. His short documentary films for Swedish Television’s international cultural weekly show Kobra, became the basis for such films as Men Who Stare At Goats (George Clooney) and The Terminal (Tom Hanks).

For booking information please visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or sterkinekor.mobi, or call our Ticketline on 082 16789. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz, or Facebook us at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

You can also download the Nokia and Samsung Android apps and book from your mobile.

The soundtrack album on Legacy will compile tracks from Cold Fact and its follow-up LP of 1971, Coming From Reality, reissued to critical acclaim in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

The original motion picture soundtrack album will be available starting August 6th through Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, a Red Box Films & Passion Pictures Production in association with Canfield Pictures & The Documentary Company, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, premiered in New York on April 24th at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film opened in New York and Los Angeles on July 27th and will open in other markets throughout the month of August. For a complete release schedule, visit the film’s website at www.SearchingForSugarManMovie.com.

Searching for Sugar Man release cinemas:

1. Rosebank Nouveau

2. Gateway Nouveau

3. Cavendish Nouveau

4. V&A Nouveau

5. Brooklyn Nouveau

6. Garden Route Mall

7. Mimosa Mall

8. Somerset Mall

Searching for Sugar Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Tracklisting

1. SUGAR MAN

2. CRUCIFY YOUR MIND

3. CAUSE

4. I WONDER

5. LIKE JANIS

6. THIS IS NOT A SONG, IT’S AN OUTBURST: OR, THE ESTABLISHMENT BLUES

7. CAN’T GET AWAY

8. I THINK OF YOU

9. INNER CITY BLUES

10. SANDREVAN LULLABY – LIFESTYLES

11. STREET BOY

12. A MOST DISGUSTING SONG

13. I’LL SLIP AWAY

14. JANE S. PIDDY

Cold Fiction by John Samson

Cold Fiction by John Samson
Cold Fiction by John Samson

Cold Fact‘ by the artist simply known as Rodriguez was one of the world’s great lost albums. It is now gaining attention through the documentary ‘Searching For Sugar Man‘ which tells the remarkable story of this mysterious singer.

Cold Fiction’ is a book of 12 short stories, each inspired by the 12 tracks on Rodriguez’ album. The stories are not a re-telling the songs, but rather they take inspiration from a line or lines in the lyrics, the title of the song, and in one case from a rumour that sprung up in South Africa about Rodriguez’ death.

Warning: This book does contain some adult themes and is not suitable for young people.

Below is a brief synopsis of each story as well as a note on where the inspiration for the story came from. All 12 stories are works of fiction and any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental.

Sugarman

The Sugarman was afraid of sugar mice. The Gingerbread man was in search of a fix of sugar and the best quality stuff was found by licking the Sugarman. In return for a few licks, the Gingerbread man tries to help the Sugarman overcome his fear.

(Inspired by the title – Sugarman and the line ‘You’re the answer, that makes my questions disappear)

Only Good For Conversation

A man meets a stunning girl in a pub who turns out to be a friend of a friend. However, all his advances are met with a lack of physical contact. Convinced that, despite this quirk, she likes him, he endeavours to find out why this girl, whom a stranger in the pub had referred to as the coldest bitch he knows, is only good for conversation.

(Inspired by the title and the line ‘You’re the coldest bitch I know’)

Crucify You Mind

James has a brand new shiny secret. He keeps it in a box under his bed, but lives in fear that Tom may find it. James also collects answers, white lies, excuses and such bric-a-brac. Despite Tom warning him about the dangers of keeping other people’s secrets, he still goes out in search of more. This new secret though, ends up causing more problems than it was worth.

(Inspired by the line ‘Secrets shiny and new’)

The Establishment Blues

Major Jim Weatherman is having a bad day. The correct statistics on crime had been released to the press, leading the public to believe that he was honest. It also looks like his main rival D’Aggio (who had been jailed for submitting accurate expense claims) was about to get out early for bad behaviour, and there is a distinct possibility that he may have to lower taxes. The public would crucify him if he did. Could his day possibly get any worse?

(Inspired by the lines ‘Mayor hides the crime rate’ and ‘Public gets irate but forget the vote date’)

Hate Street Dialogue

The Childwoman escapes from the inner city which birthed her and runs into in the wilderness where she meets a pig with a hose tired round his neck. The pig tells her that in order to be free of the hate the inner city has caused her to harbour, she has to find the Hanging Tree of Hate Street and swallow the bitter leaf from the tree. If she succeeds, she will be free, but if she spits the leaf out, she will carry the hate forever.

(Inspired by the lines ‘The pig and hose have set me free’ and ‘I’ve tasted hate street’s hanging tree’)

Forget it

Dave, the lead singer of South African band The Imaginary Facts performs an impromptu version of ‘Forget It’ on the country’s prime time radio show. The pain and hurt he injects into the vocals send the group spinning into the big time and they are soon selling out stadiums across the country. But Dave is a bit unstable and obsessed with the rumour that Rodriguez shot himself on stage after singing ‘Forget It’.

(Inspired by the rumour that Rodriguez shot himself on stage after singing ‘Forget It’.)

Inner City Blues

A suicide bomber tells of his preparations to explode a bomb on the tube/subway. We follow him from his flat where he has said goodbye to his wife and daughter as though it were a normal day, out onto the streets where he is confronted by all the evils he sees in the world. But all is not as it seems with this bomber.

(Inspired by the lines ‘Going down a dirty inner city side road I plotted’ and ‘Mama, Papa stop’)

I Wonder

Ian Dale’s home is invaded by a group of gangsters. He is tied to a chair in his living room while his wife is kept in the bedroom. He is then offered an impossible choice – if he has sex with an ‘infected’ girl his wife will be set free, if he doesn’t, she will be killed.

(Inspired by the line ‘I wonder how many times you’ve had sex, I wonder do you know who’ll be next’)

Like Janis

A husband and wife, whose marriage is on the rocks, are surprised when their thoughts start being mouthed by a pet monkey in the wife’s case and a young woman patient in the husband’s case. Things get more complicated when they both encounter their spouse’s ‘thought mouthers’.

(Inspired by the line ‘Cos a monkey in silk is a monkey no less’ and Janis in the title that made me think of Janis Joplin’s song ‘Mercedes Benz’)

Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)

69 is a Sex M digit, living in a world that is run by thought herders and genetechs. He knows a little of Gommorah, the time before, but his thoughts are constantly monitored by the T-Probes that criss-cross the pen when he lives. He has applied to have a genesplice with 13, a pretty Sex F, but his world is turn upside down when he encounters 220, who had accidentally had too much Gommorahian DNA put in his genes. 220 starts talking of a place he calls ‘outside’ a concept that nearly makes 69 mindmelt.

(Inspired by the lines ‘You know my name well’ and ‘You won’t find in any book’)

Rich Folks Hoax

A war photographer survives a village massacre while covering a story around rebels. The whole village is obliterated along with his fellow reporters. The only other survivors are a local woman and her baby. Together they bury the dead, then head off in search of help, but the rebels return.

(Inspired by the lines ‘The moon is hanging in the purple sky ‘ and ‘Baby’s sleeping while its mother sighs’)

Jane S. Piddy

Jane S. Piddy, an 85 year old, decides to Google her name and is astounded when she finds that a man called Rodriguez has not only written a song, the title of which is the same as her name, but it also refers to Ruth and Rosemary, her sisters. She is further amazed to see that he is playing a concert the next day at a venue not far from where she lives. She decides to attend the concert, but maybe her mind is not quite as good as it should be.

(Inspired by the line ‘Dancing Rosemary, disappearing sister Ruth’)

Website: Cold Fiction

Searching for Sugar Man in South Africa | Sony Music

Searching for Sugar Man
Searching for Sugar Man

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE AND SOUNDTRACK BRINGS RODRIGUEZ’S INCREDIBLE LIFE STORY AND 1970s MUSIC TO A NEW GENERATION

Soundtrack available everywhere starting August 13, 2012, through Columbia/Legacy

“The buzzworthy Sundance documentary” – Yahoo!

“An acclaimed new documentary goes hunting for the lost Dylan” – Grantland

“The tale is better than the telling – and the soundtrack’s better still – but music this monumental demands its moment. Now go and buy the album” – Matt Glasby Total Film UK

“I found the story in 2006. I was looking for stories, travelling around South Africa and America, and thinking the purpose was to sell them to Swedish TV, because I’d been working for Swedish TV before. I found this story and it was the best story I’d ever heard in my life and probably ever will; a great, great story.” Director, Malik Bendjelloul

We all know the lyrics, we may even have been a fan, but who knows what happened to the musician who brought us Sugar Man? SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is the most improbable but true story you will ever witness on the big screen. Rodriguez, a mysterious Detroit singer-songwriter, became a source of hope and inspiration to the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa and then he disappeared – until two South Africans set out to discover what happened to one of the biggest music sensations this country has ever known. The thought-provoking new documentary film, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, will be screened exclusively at select Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau theatres on 31st August and is not to be missed!

Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN tells a story that begins with the 1970 release of Rodriguez’s debut album, Cold Fact.

Discovered in the late 1960s, Rodriguez impressed producers with his Dylanesque songwriting. As a charismatic and mysterious artist he built a strong local following and became a true folk hero in the purest sense.

While Cold Fact was critically acclaimed, it did not succeed commercially, and despite the release of a second LP, Rodriguez drifted into obscurity. Rumors of his fate were widely and wildly exaggerated, ranging from reports of escalating depression to a sensationally gruesome suicide onstage, involving self-immolation.

Meanwhile, the LP had made its way around the world to South Africa, where it was banned by an oppressive government. Copies were bootlegged and circulated, and Rodriguez inadvertently became the soundtrack of an emerging liberal youth, including many liberal Afrikaans musicians for whom Rodriguez became an inspiration for their own music.

Over the next two decades, Rodriguez became a household name in the country, where the number of copies of Cold Fact would have earned it platinum sales status.

Both sides of the story, Rodriguez’s life in Detroit and the subsequent impact of his music in the smoldering Apartheid era proved fascinating to Stockholm-based documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul.

His subjects have included Kraftwerk, Björk, Sting, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, Kylie Minogue, Prince, and others. His short documentary films for Swedish Television’s international cultural weekly show Kobra, became the basis for such films as Men Who Stare At Goats (George Clooney) and The Terminal (Tom Hanks).

For booking information please visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or sterkinekor.mobi, or call our Ticketline on 082 16789. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz, or Facebook us at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

You can also download the Nokia and Samsung Android apps and book from your mobile.

The soundtrack album on Legacy will compile tracks from Cold Fact and its follow-up LP of 1971, Coming From Reality, reissued to critical acclaim in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

The original motion picture soundtrack album will be available starting August 6th through Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, a Red Box Films & Passion Pictures Production in association with Canfield Pictures & The Documentary Company, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, premiered in New York on April 24th at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film opened in New York and Los Angeles on July 27th and will open in other markets throughout the month of August. For a complete release schedule, visit the film’s website at www.SearchingForSugarManMovie.com.

Searching for Sugar Man release cinemas:

1. Rosebank Nouveau

2. Gateway Nouveau

3. Cavendish Nouveau

4. V&A Nouveau

5. Brooklyn Nouveau

6. Garden Route Mall

7. Mimosa Mall

8. Somerset Mall

Searching for Sugar Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Tracklisting

1. SUGAR MAN

2. CRUCIFY YOUR MIND

3. CAUSE

4. I WONDER

5. LIKE JANIS

6. THIS IS NOT A SONG, IT’S AN OUTBURST: OR, THE ESTABLISHMENT BLUES

7. CAN’T GET AWAY

8. I THINK OF YOU

9. INNER CITY BLUES

10. SANDREVAN LULLABY – LIFESTYLES

11. STREET BOY

12. A MOST DISGUSTING SONG

13. I’LL SLIP AWAY

14. JANE S. PIDDY

Cold Fiction by John Samson

Cold Fact‘ by the artist simply known as Rodriguez was one of the world’s great lost albums. It is now gaining attention through the documentary ‘Searching For Sugar Man‘ which tells the remarkable story of this mysterious singer.

Cold Fiction’ is a book of 12 short stories, each inspired by the 12 tracks on Rodriguez’ album. The stories are not a re-telling the songs, but rather they take inspiration from a line or lines in the lyrics, the title of the song, and in one case from a rumour that sprung up in South Africa about Rodriguez’ death.

Warning: This book does contain some adult themes and is not suitable for young people.

Cold Fiction by John Samson
Cold Fiction by John Samson

Below is a brief synopsis of each story as well as a note on where the inspiration for the story came from. All 12 stories are works of fiction and any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental.

Sugarman

The Sugarman was afraid of sugar mice. The Gingerbread man was in search of a fix of sugar and the best quality stuff was found by licking the Sugarman. In return for a few licks, the Gingerbread man tries to help the Sugarman overcome his fear.

(Inspired by the title – Sugarman and the line ‘You’re the answer, that makes my questions disappear)

Only Good For Conversation

A man meets a stunning girl in a pub who turns out to be a friend of a friend. However, all his advances are met with a lack of physical contact. Convinced that, despite this quirk, she likes him, he endeavours to find out why this girl, whom a stranger in the pub had referred to as the coldest bitch he knows, is only good for conversation.

(Inspired by the title and the line ‘You’re the coldest bitch I know’)

Crucify You Mind

James has a brand new shiny secret. He keeps it in a box under his bed, but lives in fear that Tom may find it. James also collects answers, white lies, excuses and such bric-a-brac. Despite Tom warning him about the dangers of keeping other people’s secrets, he still goes out in search of more. This new secret though, ends up causing more problems than it was worth.

(Inspired by the line ‘Secrets shiny and new’)

The Establishment Blues

Major Jim Weatherman is having a bad day. The correct statistics on crime had been released to the press, leading the public to believe that he was honest. It also looks like his main rival D’Aggio (who had been jailed for submitting accurate expense claims) was about to get out early for bad behaviour, and there is a distinct possibility that he may have to lower taxes. The public would crucify him if he did. Could his day possibly get any worse?

(Inspired by the lines ‘Mayor hides the crime rate’ and ‘Public gets irate but forget the vote date’)

Hate Street Dialogue

The Childwoman escapes from the inner city which birthed her and runs into in the wilderness where she meets a pig with a hose tired round his neck. The pig tells her that in order to be free of the hate the inner city has caused her to harbour, she has to find the Hanging Tree of Hate Street and swallow the bitter leaf from the tree. If she succeeds, she will be free, but if she spits the leaf out, she will carry the hate forever.

(Inspired by the lines ‘The pig and hose have set me free’ and ‘I’ve tasted hate street’s hanging tree’)

Forget it

Dave, the lead singer of South African band The Imaginary Facts performs an impromptu version of ‘Forget It’ on the country’s prime time radio show. The pain and hurt he injects into the vocals send the group spinning into the big time and they are soon selling out stadiums across the country. But Dave is a bit unstable and obsessed with the rumour that Rodriguez shot himself on stage after singing ‘Forget It’.

(Inspired by the rumour that Rodriguez shot himself on stage after singing ‘Forget It’.)

Inner City Blues

A suicide bomber tells of his preparations to explode a bomb on the tube/subway. We follow him from his flat where he has said goodbye to his wife and daughter as though it were a normal day, out onto the streets where he is confronted by all the evils he sees in the world. But all is not as it seems with this bomber.

(Inspired by the lines ‘Going down a dirty inner city side road I plotted’ and ‘Mama, Papa stop’)

I Wonder

Ian Dale’s home is invaded by a group of gangsters. He is tied to a chair in his living room while his wife is kept in the bedroom. He is then offered an impossible choice – if he has sex with an ‘infected’ girl his wife will be set free, if he doesn’t, she will be killed.

(Inspired by the line ‘I wonder how many times you’ve had sex, I wonder do you know who’ll be next’)

Like Janis

A husband and wife, whose marriage is on the rocks, are surprised when their thoughts start being mouthed by a pet monkey in the wife’s case and a young woman patient in the husband’s case. Things get more complicated when they both encounter their spouse’s ‘thought mouthers’.

(Inspired by the line ‘Cos a monkey in silk is a monkey no less’ and Janis in the title that made me think of Janis Joplin’s song ‘Mercedes Benz’)

Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)

69 is a Sex M digit, living in a world that is run by thought herders and genetechs. He knows a little of Gommorah, the time before, but his thoughts are constantly monitored by the T-Probes that criss-cross the pen when he lives. He has applied to have a genesplice with 13, a pretty Sex F, but his world is turn upside down when he encounters 220, who had accidentally had too much Gommorahian DNA put in his genes. 220 starts talking of a place he calls ‘outside’ a concept that nearly makes 69 mindmelt.

(Inspired by the lines ‘You know my name well’ and ‘You won’t find in any book’)

Rich Folks Hoax

A war photographer survives a village massacre while covering a story around rebels. The whole village is obliterated along with his fellow reporters. The only other survivors are a local woman and her baby. Together they bury the dead, then head off in search of help, but the rebels return.

(Inspired by the lines ‘The moon is hanging in the purple sky ‘ and ‘Baby’s sleeping while its mother sighs’)

Jane S. Piddy

Jane S. Piddy, an 85 year old, decides to Google her name and is astounded when she finds that a man called Rodriguez has not only written a song, the title of which is the same as her name, but it also refers to Ruth and Rosemary, her sisters. She is further amazed to see that he is playing a concert the next day at a venue not far from where she lives. She decides to attend the concert, but maybe her mind is not quite as good as it should be.

(Inspired by the line ‘Dancing Rosemary, disappearing sister Ruth’)

Website: Cold Fiction

Reissue CDs Weekly: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Rodriguez, Benny Spellman, Rupert’s People | New music reviews, news & interviews | The Arts Desk

Searching For Sugar Man
Searching For Sugar Man

Coinciding with the release of the film, here comes the “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”. What it actually is, rather than a real-life soundtrack, is a compilation drawing tracks from Rodriguez’s two fabulous albums: seven from Cold Fact, four from Coming From Reality (half his released oeuvre), plus the three previously unissued cuts first heard on the Light in the Attic reissue of Coming From Reality. The impact of these bleak missives is undimmed. It is as good a place to start as any – especially as there is a note saying that “Rodriguez receives royalties from the sale of this release”. As the film makes clear, money made from some previous reissues did not make it to him. But with his discography so slim, the albums themselves still seem attractive. Opening with “Sugar Man”, the cards are laid down immediately. This is one of the most bare-wired, lacerating drug songs ever. Rod’s voice is dark and compelling, his songs hypnotic dramas. The logic of why this has been issued is sound. Buy this, and then get the albums. – Kieron Tyler

via Reissue CDs Weekly: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Rodriguez, Benny Spellman, Rupert’s People | New music reviews, news & interviews | The Arts Desk.

Sugar Man Coverage – Weekend reviews

Saturday Times – Review.pdf

Saturday Telegraph – Review.pdf

Financial Times Weekend – Lead Review.pdf

The Guardian Guide – Review.pdf

Independent Radar – Review.pdf

The Sunday Times – Lead Review.pdf

The Independent on Sunday – Lead Review.pdf

Mail on Sunday – Review.pdf

Sunday Express – Lead review.pdf

The Observer – Lead Review.pdf

Sunday Telegraph – Review.pdf

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