Sugar Man :: Bigger than the King, Stones, Beatles & Batman | Profoundly South African

Rodriguez
Time Out Critic’s Choice

You’ve heard every story there is to tell? How about this one? A Swedish guy makes a documentary in 2012 about a 70s folkster from Detroit who returns from obscurity after discovering that he has a large, devoted audience in South Africa. The film culminates in a cathartic 1998 concert marking the musician’s first significant performance in 27 years to an audience who thought that he had died! The film is critically aclaimed and makes big waves in the US and the UK but, and here’s the rub, nobody in South Africa knows that it exists!

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Searching for Sugar Man – Movie Trailers – iTunes

Searching For Sugar Man
Searching For Sugar Man

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.

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‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Soundtrack: Hear Sixto Rodriguez’ Re-Discovered Magic (EXCLUSIVE)

Rodriguez
Rodriguez

“Searching for Sugar Man” is the unbelievable story of Sixto Rodriguez, a Detroit singer-songwriter who was once projected to be bigger than the Beatles. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because Rodriguez was a massive flop — in the States.

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‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Trailer Explores Mysterious Rock Icon

Despite coming from Detroit, chances are you’ve never heard of rock musician Rodriguez, especially if you’re from the US. The 1970′s Mexican-American folk rocker has become an icon in South Africa and other places around the world and a new documentary from Malik Bendjelloul explores the obscure life of this man. Winning the audience and grand prize awards for documentary at Sundance this year, Searching For Sugar Man has gotten nearly unanimous rave reviews and the first trailer has arrived today. While we all love documentaries on our favorite musicians, I also adore ones that bring one into an entire world you never knew existed, and this looks to fall into that category, with some twists to boot. Check it out below. – John Cunliffe

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Free Basin’ Fridays – RODRIGUEZ! « Light in the Attic Records

It’s been a crazy year for Rodriguez. The documentary Searching For Sugar Man was one of the first films to be purchased (by Sony Pictures Classics) at Sundance and picked up two awards on the way (World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary and World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit). Be sure there is some cool Rodriguez news in the coming months! After being out of print for the last year, Rodriguez Cold Fact (LITA 036) is finally available again on vinyl and to celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of Cold Fact for this week’s Free Basin’ Fridays. – Light In The Attic

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Rodriguez Cold Fact Vinyl Re-issue
Rodriguez Cold Fact Vinyl Re-issue

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