At 70, Detroiter Rodriguez couldn’t be happier about his unlikely new fame | Music | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

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Forget could’ve, should’ve, would’ve. For Detroit’s newest rock sensation — the comeback king known as Rodriguez — a career surge at age 70 is all about looking forward.

With his Friday band performance at Pontiac’s Crofoot, the biggest metro Detroit date of his life, the musician born Sixto Rodriguez continues to reap the benefits of “Searching for Sugar Man,” the documentary released this summer to critical adoration and a bundle of prestigious awards.

The film chronicles the little-known story of Rodriguez, whose two albums in the early 1970s took on mythical stature in places like South Africa as he vanished from public view for two decades. The tale is framed through the eyes of two diehard fans toiling to track down the fiercely private musician — or even to simply verify he was still alive.

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  1. Craig Bartholomew-Strydom is a friend of my husband, Bruce, so we had the privilege of seeing the documentary shortly after its release, thanks to a tip-off from Craig. It really is a fantastical story—I highly recommend it! Another delightful fact: Bruce attended Rodrigues’s first (now famous) sold-out concert in South Africa in the late 1990s. And last night, more than ten years later, we attended his concert in Columbus, OH. Here are my impressions: http://myriteofpassage.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/change-means-being-raised-from-the-dead/

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