“Sugarman” Resurrected: Rodriguez Appears Tonight | Oregon Music News

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The resurrection of Rodriguez, the enigmatic singer-songwriter whose rediscovery is at the heart of the astounding Searching for Sugarman film, continues tonight at the Wonder Ballroom. His blend of biting lyrics and folk-rock songcraft cut in the 1970s disappeared in the United States but made him a hero to the middle-class anti-apartheid movement in South Africa in the 70s and 80s. The “60 Minutes” show last Sunday recounted rock’s most unlikely Cinderella story.

In concert recently in Washington, D.C. in the intimate setting of a synagogue chapel, Rodriguez was in some ways welcomed as a guru as much as a musician. He has an undeniable presence akin to a Zen adept appearing in the guise of a rock musician, radiating calm and the humble acceptance of his strange new status as a prophet finally honored in his own land.  He playfully adopts this new role in his stage patter, mixing a few corny jokes with philosophical advice: “Do you know what the secret to life is?” Rodriguez asked. “Just keep breathing in and out.”

The music, if you haven’t heard it before, doesn’t merit the Dylan comparisons that are so commonly applied to him, but it is still moving and powerful work, if performed in a sometimes sloppy manner in concert that made little difference in how it was received. But it still works:

 

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2 comments on ““Sugarman” Resurrected: Rodriguez Appears Tonight | Oregon Music News
  1. Trisha O says:

    So what are they saying? He DID know he was a hit in Africa? I dont believe that, if thats the idea behind this. And leave it alone anyway! We love Rodriguez and dont care! He is awesome because he is true!! Be quiet, watch and learn!

  2. dylanesq says:

    “Sloppy” ??? How about unpretentious, genuine, folksy? I do agree that there is a ‘thrown together’ feeling about the concert performance, mostly, I believe, created by the presence of what is a large-ish band for a man who is basically and unapologetically,a folk singer, one who used to perform with his back to the audience (shy?) and who,now, is a ripe old 70 years of age !! Yeah us ageing hippies !!!
    I first heard of Rodriguez when, channel surfing my basic 8 channel cable package, I stumbled on the CBS piece last week. Perhaps if I tell you that,when the segment ended, at age 70 myself, I hit the steep stairs to my computer office in a breathless run and ordered three of Sixto’s amazing CDs immediately. I have now received them and am getting deeper and deeper into exactly what this remarkable man has done and is as I listen to them.
    What an absolute blessing this whole experience is !!

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