Searching For Sugar Man has won the Bafta award for Best Documentary.
“Searching for Sugar Man” is the Oscar-nominated documentary that tells the unbelievable true story of a famous musician who had no idea he was famous! On today’s show, Jeff uncovers the compelling story of folk singer Rodriguez when he talks to Malik Bendjelloul, the film’s director, and Rodriguez himself. Check it out in this video!
Forget the five years it took for The Stone Roses to produce Second Coming, or the 22 years it will have taken My Bloody Valentine to follow-up Loveless.
Rodriguez, the focus of Oscar-nominated documentary Searching For Sugar Man, could be about to record his first album since 1971’s Coming From Reality.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Rodriguez says he may explore the idea of recording a follow-up with his last album’s producer, Steve Rowland.
In Searching for Sugar Man’s online forum, users share their first discovery of the musician, Rodriguez.
Most users, from across the world, list variations on 2012 and 2013. But, for people with South African links, encounters with Rodriguez (and his album Cold Fact) go way back.
“Arrived in Jo’burg mid 1975 and EVERYONE was playing Rodriguez” … so the stories go, as Sugar Man and I Wonder (for me, it was Establishment Blues) became a staple for all of us raised on music termed alternative, conscious or folk.
Musician Sixto Rodriguez performs his most popular song for the Andrew Marr Show during a rehearsal at the London Southbank Centre.
Rodriguez chats to Jools Holland on Later…
Rodriguez performs Sugar Man on Later… with Jools Holland, BBC Two (13 Nov 2012)
A Detroit musician living in poverty didn’t know that in South Africa, he was more popular than the Beatles. Bob Simon reports.
Don’t doubt it, the Holy Grail of Rock has been found in the form of Sixto Rodriguez’s two lone LP’s dating back more than 40 years. The albums, Cold Fact (1970) and Coming Out of Reality (1971), have been dug out of the rubble of U.S. commercial obscurity in the form of the soundtrack for the recent film Searching For Sugar Man, but not before going to South Africa and helping to free a country from Apartheid without the artist’s knowledge.
Sound too amazing to be true? It is, except for the fact that it is true—truer than fiction could ever be to be believed. What’s even more amazing is the music itself—as good as the best music Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell or Neil Young has ever offered—and for any music aficionado, that’s even harder to believe—but just listen.
Stephen “Sugar” Segerman from Mabu Vinyl on the Mark Bayly show finding Rodriguez. Sugarman started off as a jeweller in Johannesburg then moved to opening Mabu Vinyl store in Cape Town.
Sugarman seeks to find Rodriguez, who is alive and never knew he was lost. They speek of the DVD of Rodriguez and his life pieces which many try to put together. Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary made in South Africa that reinvents the genre with a real-life mystery about Sixto Rodriguez.
Rodriguez. Its a name recognized by many things in today’s society. From athletes to movie stars, the name associates with many things. Never has it been associated with the Detroit and the music Detroit it produced. Until now.
People often think of Detroit and its music scene as Motown – with names like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson. As an artist that was part of that musical melting pot, Rodriguez desperately tried to break in to the music business in his hometown.
The American singer and songwriter Rodriguez quit the music industry in the 1970s after recording two albums.
While he went back to work on a construction site in Detroit, thousands of miles away in South Africa his songs became hits among supporters of the anti-apartheid movement.
Two decades later one of those fans tracked Rodriguez down in the US.
Now the story of the musician, once regarded as an enigmatic, elusive figure, is being told in a documentary called Searching for Sugar Man.
And Rodriguez is travelling the world promoting the film and playing gigs again. The BBC’s William Marquez caught up with him in Washington, DC.
“No prophet is accepted in his own country” Jesus says in Luke 4:24. Perhaps there were too many voices in Detroit back in the day, or a music industry machine that had no patience to develop Rodriguez as an artist. But South Africa heard his voice and the people began to dismantle its system of racial segregation.