The Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man tells the almost unbelievable story of a Mexican-American songwriter whose two early Seventies albums bombed in America, but who wound up finding a huge audience in Apartheid-era South Africa. Sixto Rodriguez had no idea he was a legend there until a group of fans found him on the Internet and brought him to the country for a series of triumphant concerts. But while Searching for Sugar Man (soundtrack and DVD now available) is a fantastic film, it only grazes the surface of Rodriguez’s life story. Here are 10 things you may not know about Rodriguez:
Not only did he skip the Oscar ceremony – he was asleep when he won.
Searching for Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul begged Rodriguez to attend the Oscars, but he refused, feeling it would take the attention away from the filmmakers. “We also just came back from South Africa and I was tired,” Rodriguez says. “I was asleep when it won, but my daughter Sandra called to tell me. I don’t have TV service anyway.”
Read more at Rodriguez: 10 Things You Don’t Know About the ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Star | Music News | Rolling Stone.
please come to mission beach australia
a true inspiration to all of us “on the wrong side of 70″……you, Rodriguez, are indeed, THE MAN !!!!
Please come to Alaska… we are STARVED for great music. It would be such a treat for Alaska.
About time someone found him, Shafted in the USA or was that Bruce?
What address do I use to send sugar man my latest music DVD? I loved the movie and learning his story. I hope he can perform at the libbey bowl in ojai, California, where I live someday. I am a jazz pianist and his story inspires me.
Thanks, Toni jirovsky 709 mercer ave Ojai, ca 93023
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