Rodriguez, the obscure Detroit songman who unknowingly earned a huge cult audience overseas, will meet with producers to discuss making a third album, his first in more than 40 years. Though adamant about having no specific plan, Rodriguez tells Rolling Stone that once he breaks from touring in June he will explore the prospect with Steve Rowland, who produced one of the lost albums resurrected in the Oscar-nominated documentary Searching for Sugar Man.
“He told me to send him a couple of tapes, so I’m gonna do that,” Rodriguez said in a phone interview from his Michigan home on Friday. “I certainly want to look him up, because now he’s full of ideas.”
Director Malik Bendjelloul intended to make a 10-minute segment about Rodriguez, an unlikely Seventies musical icon, for Swedish television. Instead, he spent four years of his life making Searching for Sugar Man, an acclaimed new documentary about the forgotten star whose protest music circulated widely throughout South Africa – eventually inspiring the anti-apartheid protest movement – but who remained entirely unaware of his popularity.