The film is called Searching For Sugar Man

Searching For Sugar Man DVD (SA)

The title of the Oscar-nominated film is “Searching For Sugar Man”.

Here are some names we have seen in various places online, including a few publications that really should know better.

  • Searching For Sugarman
  • Looking For Sugar Man
  • Looking For Rodriguez
  • Waiting For Sugarman
  • The Search For The Sugarman
  • The Search For Sugar
  • Searching For Sugar
  • Finding Rodriguez
  • Searching For Rodrigues
  • Searching For Silver Man

And the film is about Rodriguez.

Here are some common misspellings:

  • Rodrigues
  • Rodriquez
  • Rodriques

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  1. So true Grahame, well said! Everyone that I knew in the 80’s that had Cold Fact either had it on vinyl or a bought cassette. I don’t ever remember seeing a bootleg tape of it.


  2. Other “popular” misconceptions are that we (South Africans in the 1970’s) were a nation of pirating bootleggers. I have read several reviews now that emphasise this and while some reference is made in the film, the truth is that MOST people in South Africa bought legitimate pressings of albums. I remember many visits to Look & Listen and the Hillbrow Record Library, where not only did we go for vinyl – but we would ask if the pressing was “local” or “import” before we bought it! Most of our crowd (wits university students at the time) would opt for the “imports” because of [perceived] better quality, and also because the album may contain supplements, enclosures and better liner notes.

    If anyone bought an original of Jethro Tull’s “Thick As A Brick” they will know what I mean… the sleeve was a 32-page newspaper! The local edition was just a sleeve.

    Albums sold well… mainly because having your own vinyl was the only way you could get a quality listen… and you would NEVER lend out your albums, because you could never be sure what quality stylus would be dropped onto it.

    No… we each had our own copies – and if we could afford it they would be “imports”.

    My own copy of Cold Fact – bought in December 1973, was an A&M import – probably pressed in the UK and brought into SA by the retailer (either Look & Listen or Hillbrow Record Library). Most of my friends and acquaintances had the imports…

    Cassette tapes were done – but mostly to allow us to play the music in the car. These recordings were invariably done using a portable “mono” cassette recorder where the microphone was positioned between the speakers of the record player. Quality was generally awful – especially if your sister walked into the room while you were taping, or if somebody coughed or farted in the background… So making a tape was a time-consuming hassle, and the outcome was generally very inferior.

    Over the 30-year period under discussion in the movie, Cold Fact sold 500,000 legitimate pressings… That’s one for every ten white South Africans.

    If we were so into bootlegging and piracy, how come so many legitimate copies were sold? Why would “one in ten” white South Africans buy the album if we already had a bootlegged tape? The maths don’t make sense here.

    Of course it suits the record industry to perpetuate this idea (bootlegging). The movie tells us exactly what happens to royalties in many cases.


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