In the second coming of Rodriguez, a Passover parable | The Times of Israel

Rodriguez performs at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, in September, 2012 (Photo credit: Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)
Rodriguez performs at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, in September, 2012 (Photo credit: Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)

An elderly man in a black fedora and heavy sunglasses shuffles hesitantly along a Detroit sidewalk. The wrong side of 70, his eyesight poor, the man’s sloped shoulders suggest decades of hard labor.

His name is Sixto Rodriguez, and he has indeed spent most of his life struggling to provide for his family by taking poorly paid jobs on local building sites. But he’s also a rock star — at times “bigger than Elvis” in Australia, New Zealand and especially South Africa, where he’s sold hundreds of thousands of records — and has been since the 1970s.

Makes no sense? Welcome to the modern Cinderella story of Rodriguez, an extraordinary saga whose singer-songwriter protagonist was denied a lifetime of fame and adulation through a combination of inadequate communication, some likely financial cynicism, and plenty of unfortunate geography. Meet the poet who moved a generation of young people more than 40 years ago but enjoyed their acclaim only when they and he had passed middle age.

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  1. Sixto RODRIGUEZ, in this life, you will be always ahead of our times…YOUR insight and wisdom, about a SOCIETY that lost its DIRECTION, VALUES, TRUTH and SOUL, is in all your songs… A POET, PHILOSOPHER, MUSICIAN, ENTERTAINER, A MAN ON MISSION WITH A VISION. YOU are all these things…GOD GIVEN TALENT, will never ever be forgotten…Many STARS/SINGERS/ENTERTAINERS lose their way…BUT YOU SIXTO RODRIGUEZ HAVE REACHED THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN….LOOKING DOWN, YOU SEE THE REAL VALUE OF A HUMAN SOUL, IS IN IT’S INSPIRATION, MOTIVATION AND YOUR GENEROUS/KIND/SWEET SPIRIT, IS PROOF THAT ONE MAN LIFE, CAN AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE…THANKYOU…MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY EVERY DAY….

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  2. If only all or even 1/2 or 1/4 of us could be as humble as he. I wish him all the righteous desires of his heart. I pray that he will make himself known to this sleeping country.

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  3. My husband and I just watched the documentary on Rodriquez’s life…..We were truly moved. It’s not every day that you watch something that is inspiring and moving about a true talent and poet. Our lives were touched by the music, the man and the awesome talent that he posses. Thank you, Rodriquez for all that you have given to us.

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