Don’t doubt it, the Holy Grail of Rock has been found in the form of Sixto Rodriguez’s two lone LP’s dating back more than 40 years. The albums, Cold Fact (1970) and Coming Out of Reality (1971), have been dug out of the rubble of U.S. commercial obscurity in the form of the soundtrack for the recent film Searching For Sugar Man, but not before going to South Africa and helping to free a country from Apartheid without the artist’s knowledge.
Uriah Heep are headlining Mieliepop Festival 26-28 October 2012
Phoenix Smith (JHB)
Mechanics of Happiness (PTA)
DADA FM (CPT)
Tenkai Pennies (PTA)
Them Particles (JHB)
URIAH HEEP (UK)
Naming James (JHB)
The Country Conquerors (GREYTON)
Howlin Shibanski (PTA)
Greg Georgiades Big Band and Then Some (EVERYWHERE)
Chiba Fly (PTA)
Jeremy Loops (CPT)
Shotgun Tori (JHB)
Dan Patlansky (PLANET DAN)
Tidal Waves (UTOPIA)
Feed The Wolf (PTA)
Hot Water (DBN)
Smoking Mojos (UNITED STATES OF RIZLA)
Napalma (BRAZIL / MOZ)
The Country Conquerors
Riku Latti Ensemble ft. Bacchus Nel,
Lochner de Kock,
What a wonderful evening! Rodriguez rocked the Whale Hall in Hartenbos and despite some comments to the contrary I think the new arrangements of his songs are stunning. The saxes really drive songs like ‘Climb Up On My Music’ and ‘Only Good For Conversation’ and that Rock and Roll medley (‘Shake Rattle & Roll’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ & ‘Hound Dog’) was pure energy from the band and Rodriguez.
I particularly enjoyed the long trippy interlude during ‘Sugar Man’ when Pete Saunders (ex-Dexy’s Midnight Runners) played this real spacey, jazzy piano sound, a bit like Mike Garson used to do for David Bowie in the 70s.
The hall wasn’t full, but the crowd were so enthusiastic, I kept looking back to check where all the cheering was coming from. Rodriguez spent a lot of time smiling and thanking the Big Town Playboys. And he thanked us in Afrikaans; “Baie Dankie”, he said, “…for keeping me alive”. And he came down to the front of the stage a few times to shake hands and he smiled broadly when a girl in the audience shouted: “Rodriguez I love you”.
Rodriguez hasn’t ever recorded any cover versions, and on his last SA tour in 1998 he played only his own music. But this time around he showed what a true legend he really is by making Midnight Oil’s ‘Redneck Wonderland’ his own, then adding bits of ‘The Letter’ and ‘Unchain My Heart’ in the middle of it.
At the soundcheck in the afternoon they played ‘Unchained Melody’ as well but it didn’t appear in the evening’s performance.
A medley of Vanessa Williams 1992 hit ‘Save The Best Till Last’ and ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ (written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and a hit for Jackie deShannon in 1965) was dedicated to the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks… a very moving moment.
After the gig Rodriguez sat and signed autographs until everybody had gone home. A great night in the company of great musicians. Thanks for your time, Rodriguez.
— Brian Currin, 18 September 2001
- I Wonder
- Climb Up On My Music
- Jane S. Piddy
- Like Janis
- Can’t Get Away
- Crucify Your Mind
- Rock & Roll Medley:
including excerpts from Shake, Rattle & Roll (Bill Haley & The Comets), Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan) & Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)
- I Think Of You
- Street Boy
- Establishment Blues
- Redneck Wonderland (Midnight Oil)
including excerpts from The Letter (The Boxtops) & Unchain My Heart (Ray Charles/ Joe Cocker)
- Inner City Blues
- Rich Folks Hoax
- Only Good For Conversation
- Medley: Save The Best Till Last (Vanessa Williams) / What The World Needs Now Is Love (Jackie DeShannon) dedicated to the victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks, 11th September 2001
- Sugar Man
- Forget It
There is something about this film; I can’t stop telling people to see it. It is unbelievable. One of a kind. Thrilling. It sends chills down your spine. Literally. What a story. If the facts were not so well documented, I would think this story was made up. It sounds too good to be true, but it is. And that is what makes it compulsive viewing.
The film is about Sixto Rodriguez. A native of Detroit and the son of Mexican immigrants. He plays guitar and writes songs in the late ’60s and plays in some of Detroit’s underground bars and clubs. A producer signs him and he creates two albums of ’60s-type protest songs. He is named simply as Rodriguez on the albums. The lyrics are beautiful and the messages compelling. He sounds like Bob Dylan. Unfortunately the albums don’t get noticed, and by 1971 Rodriguez quickly fades into music obscurity.
The TV advert says that the “Searching For Sugar Man” soundtrack “includes 3 previously unreleased songs” but this is not true.
“Street Boy”, “Can’t Get Away” and “I’ll Slip Away”, recorded in 1972/73, were first released on the Australian “At His Best” album. They are also included as bonus tracks on the 2009 US release of “Coming From Reality” (which is known as “After The Fact” to South Africans).
The “Searching For Sugar Man” soundtrack album also leaves off “Rich Folks Hoax” which contains the classic opening line “the moon is hanging in the purple sky”. Sugar Man – The Best Of Rodriguez is a better collection for rounding up his best and most popular songs.
Video says “includes 3 previously unreleased songs” but this is not true.
Off the album Shark which broke this Cape Town band’s rock power to a wide SA audience.
A track off The First Toke from this talented Cape Town muso who breaks out on his own, carving a unique identity with his chilled out constructions.
A track off What’s In A Name from this Cape Town-based, multi-racial, cross dimensional hiphop rap group with their fresh yet energetic, jazzy sound.
The Wind is this multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer’s latest album and is a beautiful mixture of songs and instrumentals.
New single from this hot new South African kwaito-rap artist off the popular Cape Hip Hop album Special Rekwest.
The title track off the debut album by Mr Sakitumi who is an innovative, multi-instrumental musical phenomenon.
Ramblin’ Bones is the alter ego of Jay Bones, former front man for the popular South African ska band Fuzigish, here with his latest musical incarnation off Ramblin’ Bones & His Bloody Agents .
The track that started it all, from the album, Cold Fact, and the upcoming documentary Searching For Sugar Man.
A track off Shifty compilation Shotdown which illustrates the label’s role in capturing and preserving a vibrant and important part of South Africa’s history of cultural resistance.
World Among The Clouds is Summer Shade’s latest EP. The band (previously known as Nungarin) has remolded their already unique and refreshing sound to produce a mixture of rock, tribal, African and folk.
A track off Zillion Miles from this classically trained vocalist, composer and lyricist who is highly respected by fellow musicians in her home city of Cape Town and who has enjoyed international success as a freelance singer.
Title track off the brilliant album Goema, from this Cape Town group who stars in the recent documentary on this indigenous Cape Music style, called Mama Goema.
Ard Matthews & Friends Charity Concert set to rock Cape Town!
The annual Ard Matthews and Friends Charity Concert will be taking place for the third year running, on Thursday 27th September 2012 at the Upper Eastside Hotel in Woodstock. The popular South African singer, Ard Matthews who is also lead singer of the acclaimed band Just Jinjer, has been at the forefront of this concert for the past 2 years along with the assistance of top events and PR company, The Little Black Book, and brings together great South African talent to raise money for a worthy cause.
This year the funds raised through ticket sales will go to a trust called “We The Good People”. A charitable cause, founded by Ard along with two other trustees, Alistair Hargreaves (Springbok/Sharks Lock) and Sean Temple (owner of Flux Motion Kettle Bell Gym). The simple rule of this organization is – trust – and they hope to gain the trust of the public when it comes to the appropriation of charitable efforts. The charity aims to educate the public about the importance of giving back to others no matter how busy they get, and to allow 100% transparency when it comes to the distribution of the funds. It will also be facilitated by one of the world’s top law firms, Norton Rose, as part of their pro-bono social investment.
This year’s line up will not disappoint and will include Ross Learmonth, lead singer of Prime Circle, Arno Carstens, blues sensation Dan Patlansky, and of course front man, Ard Matthews.
There will also be a short and fun auction taking place, handled by the well known Ariella Kuper from Clear Asset Auctions.
Tickets will be available through www.webtickets.co.za and will be R150 each.
For more information on “We The Good People” visit the website www.wethegoodpeople.com
I’m definitely behind the curve on this one! Went to check out Searching For Sugar Man at the Curzon in Soho yesterday and was blown away. I like to see documentaries on the big screen… it’s a different experience… you get immersed in the story and when it comes to Searching For Sugar Man I have to say. “Brilliant story!”.
Growing up in South Africa, ‘Cold Fact’ by Rodriguez was the de facto soundtrack for road trips to Cape Town and nights down a bottle of Black Label. I didn’t really give the album a second thought; it was just part of the fabric before I hijacked the system for some Wu Tang Clan action.
After watching ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ last night, a documentary about the elusive Rodriguez, his work has taken on a whole new resonance. The man is a genius – but was very nearly sideswiped by the world.
Press Release from Light In The Attic Records
Hi Friends & Family,
I wanted to say hello and let you know that this fall marks the 10-year anniversary of Light In The Attic. We feel incredibly lucky to be doing this for a decade and continuing to thrive, especially in these tough economic times. Each year has surpassed the previous year, and 2012 is set to be far and away our best. To celebrate our first decade, we’ve put together two special concerts in L.A. and Seattle featuring RODRIGUEZ, MICHAEL CHAPMAN, DONNIE & JOE EMERSON, SHIN JOONG HYUN, and STEPHEN JOHN KALINICH. Save the date; they’re going to be fantastic shows. Below/attached are the full details on who plays where and when. This fall will also see a 7″ singles series featuring contemporary artists covering Light In The Attic songs, including Iggy Pop & Zig Zags, Sweet Tea (Alex Maas (Black Angels) & Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)), Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band, and Mark Lanegan, amongst others.
Furthermore, the film documentary SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN about Detroit singer-songwriter SIXTO RODRIGUEZ is finally in U.S. theaters. For the past 4 years, we’ve been re-releasing Rodriguez’s music and have recently partnered with Sony Legacy on the soundtrack. See the movie. It’s truly a brilliant film. If you hate it, we’ll pay for your ticket. 2012 already looks to be the year of Rodriguez. Earlier this month the man performed on Letterman (
Thanks for all the continued support and here’s to another 10 years,
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS:
Fri, Sept 28 @ El Rey (L.A.):
– SHIN JOONG HYUN (3rd ever U.S. show)
– MICHAEL CHAPMAN
– STEPHEN JOHN KALINICH
– DJ SIPREANO
Fri, Oct 12 @ Showbox Market (Seattle):
– MICHAEL CHAPMAN
– DONNIE & JOE EMERSON (1st ever Seattle show)
– DJ SUSPENCE
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN: NOW PLAYING AT:
HARVARD EXIT TWIN (SEATTLE, WA)
NITEHAWK CINEMA (BROOKLYN, NY)
VILLAGE EAST CINEMA 7 (NEW YORK, NY)
LINCOLN PLAZA CINEMAS (NEW YORK, NY)
THE LANDMARK ON PICO (LOS ANGELES, CA)
REGENCY SOUTH COAST VILLAGE CIN (COSTA MESA, CA)
LAEMMLE’S PLAYHOUSE 7 (PASADENA, CA)
LA JOLLA VILLAGE THEATRE (LA JOLLA, CA)
AQUARIUS TWIN (PALO ALTO, CA)
CENTURY FIVE (PLEASANT HILL, CA)
EMBARCADERO CENTER CIN. 5 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)
SEQUOIA TWIN (MILL VALLEY, CA)
NICKELODEON FOUR (SANTA CRUZ, CA)
CAMELVIEW PLAZA 5 (SCOTTSDALE, AZ)
CHARLES THEATRE (BALTIMORE, MD)
CENTURY CENTRE CINEMA (CHICAGO, IL)
KENDALL SQUARE CINEMA 9 (CAMBRIDGE, MA)
MAIN ART THEATRE 3 (ROYAL OAK, MI)
RITZ AT THE BOURSE 5 (PHILADELPHIA, PA)
MAYAN THREE (DENVER, CO)
WEST END CINEMA (WASHINGTON, DC)
COOLIDGE CNR. MOVIEHOUSE (BROOKLINE, MA)
EDINA CINEMA 4 (EDINA, MN)
FOX TOWER 10 (PORTLAND, OR)
ARBOR CINEMAS @ GREAT HILLS (AUSTIN, TX)
VIOLET CROWN CINEMA (AUSTIN, TX)
THE MAGNOLIA THEATRE (DALLAS, TX)
ANGELIKA FILM CENTER & CAFE (PLANO, TX)
MORE INFO + ADDITIONAL CITIES: www.sonyclassics.com/searchingforsugarman/dates.html
Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was.
My great friends Stephen Segerman, who owns Mabu Vinyl in Rheede Street in Gardens and has a role to play in the movie, along with Brian Currin have kept Rodriguez alive.
Look at www.Sugarman.org
Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide.
But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon.
The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really…
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‘Rockville’. The word alone would seem to demand a respectful rock-on hand gesture to be waved proudly in the air (lizard-like tongue and crazy eyes optional). However, this is not your average hard-hitting, what-you-expect-is-what-you-get rock musical. If anything, it should be called a peace musical. Inspired by the ‘flower power’ concept of peace and love upheld during the time of the Vietnam War during the 1960s, the message that comes through loud and clear is one of change, hope, and the dire need to preserve our earth for future generations.
According to Rockville composer, Johnny Ray, Rockville 2069 can be briefly described as a “futuristic rock musical that is at heart a love story set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world.”
With buzz words like ‘1960’s Woodstock’, ‘sci-fi’, ‘rock’ and ‘post-apocalyptic’ running through my head, I’m not quite sure how to categorise the genre of this production; an umbrella term would simply not be accurate enough.