“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.
Video says “includes 3 previously unreleased songs” but this is not true.
Filmmakers document one Detroit construction worker/songwriter who never knew he was the ‘Bob Dylan’ of South Africa.
Rodriguez performs “Sugar Man” on Imus in the Morning, Aug 16, 2012
Add David Letterman to the growing list of Sixto Rodriguez fans.
When the Detroit musician performed last night on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” the CBS host praised him and the new documentary about his life, “Searching for Sugar Man.”
Imagine if Elvis Presley grew up and lived his whole life in a foreign country, and that he had no idea that his wildly popular music had made him the king of rock and roll here in the United States.
But for one man, this is no dream. It actually happened to Sixto Rodriguez, a folk singer from Detroit who couldn’t catch a break in the American music business but somehow found a huge following in South Africa.
BBC Radio Five Live, review by Kermode & Al Murray http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01l0ljw (1.39mins)
BBC Radio London, Interview with Simon Chinn & played Sugar Man http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/p00vp3hg (1.08mins)
BBC Radio 4, Film Programme – Interview with Simon Chinn & music http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r5jt
PLEASE TUNE IN:
Friday, July 27, 2012
THE LEONARD LOPATE SHOW
Features an interview with Rodriguez and Malik Bendjelloul in support of Searching for Sugar Man.
New York at 12:40 PM EST
93.9 FM or AM 820
To listen live online beginning at 12:00 PM EST
BBC Radio 2 – Ken Bruce talked about the film this morning
BBC Radio London, Robert Elms & Jason Solomons – Simon Chinn will be on at about 1:10pm today, they hope to play a song too. If you want to listen live you can go online here
BBC Radio 4, Film programme – Simon will be on today at 4pm.
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