Rodriguez: 10 Things You Don’t Know About the ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Star | Music News | Rolling Stone

Rodriguez performs at Banke Hotel in Paris. David Wolff - Patrick/WireImage
Rodriguez performs at Banke Hotel in Paris. David Wolff – Patrick/WireImage

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.”

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