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.”

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

Searching For Sugar Man (2012) | Unambitious Us

Searching For Sugar Man
Searching For Sugar Man

Documentaries are difficult to get right. They can be overbearing, they can be boring and they can often feel as though you are being force fed the personal feelings of the writers and directors.

Having recently won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, one would expect that Searching for Sugarman (2012) avoids these traps. For the most part it does exactly that.

Searching for Sugarman is a heart warming feel-good story about the re-discovery of 1970’s Folk singer Rodriguez.

via Searching for Sugarman (2012) | Unambitious Us.

SABC Media Libraries: Searching for Sugar Man, also in the SABC Archives

“Sugar Man”, the story of a forgotten singer, won the best documentary at the Oscars this week.

Sixto Rodriguez made two records in the early 1970s, but it never took off in America.

Unbeknown to him, it became very popular in South Africa.

Searching for Sugar Man, is the story of two South Africans and their search for this elusive singer.

Big is the surprise when we see a clip showing our own collections in the SABC Record Library and how censorship made it impossible for it to be played during the Apartheid years.

via SABC Media Libraries: Searching for Sugar Man, also in the SABC Archives.

RODRIGUEZ FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NORWAY: Øyafestivalen

RODRIGUEZ FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NORWAY: Øyafestivalen
RODRIGUEZ FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NORWAY: Øyafestivalen

Rodriguez has reached a large audience internationally after the success of the documentary Searching For Sugar Man. Thursday the 8th of August he plays in the park during The Øya Festival. This will be his first visit to Norway and his only concert in Scandinavia this summer.

RODRIGUEZ (US)

The documentary Searching For Sugar Man has become a huge international success. The story is about the musician Sixto Rodriguez, who released a couple of very good albums in the 70′s. They sold unfortunately close to nothing in the US and Rodriguez put his career on hold.

Rodriguez’s story is unique. We highly recommend that you see the movie Searching For Sugar Man yourself. Here you will meet the personality, family man and the wonderful songwriter Sixto Rodriguez. Many years after he ended his music career, he found an enthusiastic audience he had no idea that existed. With the movie about this touching story, he has reached a huge audience in many parts of the world. He is now playing bigger and bigger venues in Europe and the USA. It is a pleasure to announce that his only concert in Scandinavia this summer, will be at The Øya Festival.

If you need a musical introduction, you might as well start with the film’s soundtrack. We are looking forward to hearing songs like Sugar Man, Crucify Your Mind, Cause and all the other gems in the park on Thursday 8th of August.

http://sugarman.org/

via RODRIGUEZ FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NORWAY : Øyafestivalen.

 

Wife of Oscar-nominated ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ star Rodriguez says he’ll stay in $50 Detroit home | MLive.com

Searching for Sugar Man" star Rodriguez appears to be staying put in Detroit - even if he wins an Oscar next month.  Associated Press
Searching for Sugar Man” star Rodriguez appears to be staying put in Detroit – even if he wins an Oscar next month. Associated Press

DETROIT, MI – Don’t expect fame to change Rodriguez, a 70-year-old partially-blind folk singer from Detroit who is the star of a documentary film nominated for an Oscar.

The focus of the “Searching for Sugar Man” film is expected to stay put in a Detroit home in the city’s Woodbridge neighborhood he bought for $50 back in 1976 during a federal government land auction.

That’s the word from Konny Rodriguez, his second wife, who had a daughter with him and has been married to him since 1984.

via Wife of Oscar-nominated ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ star Rodriguez says he’ll stay in $50 Detroit home | MLive.com.

Rodriguez Weighs Potential Third Album | Music News | Rolling Stone

Rodriguez
Rodriguez

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.”

via Rodriguez Weighs Potential Third Album | Music News | Rolling Stone.

“Searching for Sugar Man” wins PGA award » Realscreen

“Searching for Sugar Man” wins PGA award » Realscreen
“Searching for Sugar Man” wins PGA award » Realscreen

The documentary Searching for Sugar Man won its latest prize yesterday (January 26), taking home the best documentary award at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards.

Malik Bendjelloul’s film, produced by Man on Wire‘s Simon Chinn, has taken the award for outstanding producer of documentary theatrical motion pictures, the latest trophy for the doc, which recently won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for best documentary.

Searching for Sugar Man has also won the Best Documentary prizes from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, as well as the award for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation from the Cinema Eye Honors, and two prizes from Dutch fest IDFA.

via “Searching for Sugar Man” wins PGA award » Realscreen.

‘Searching for Sugar Man’ director says Oscar nom feels ‘surrealistic, crazy’ | Movies | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Malik Bendjelloul is the director of Oscar-nominated "Searching for Sugar Man." / Sven-Ake Visen, Courtesy of Malik Bendjelloul/Sony
Malik Bendjelloul is the director of Oscar-nominated “Searching for Sugar Man.” / Sven-Ake Visen, Courtesy of Malik Bendjelloul/Sony

On Thursday morning, “Searching for Sugar Man” director Malik Bendjelloul was still getting used to the reality of having made an Oscar-nominated film.

“It feels surrealistic, crazy. Oscar is, the word itself, it’s something you’ve heard about since you were a kid. It never occurred to be that it was something anyone ever achieved. I mean, I’m from Sweden. It’s completely crazy,” he told the Free Press from Los Angeles.

via ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ director says Oscar nom feels ‘surrealistic, crazy’ | Movies | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

The incredible ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ | DSTV.com

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.

via The incredible ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ | DSTV.com.

Searching For Sugar Man nominated for EE British Academy Film Award

Searching For Sugar Man DVD (UK)

DOCUMENTARY

THE IMPOSTERBart Layton, Dimitri Doganis
MARLEYKevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel
McCULLINDavid Morris, Jacqui Morris
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MANMalik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
WEST OF MEMPHISAmy Berg

The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 10 February at London’s Royal Opera House.

See the Full List of Nominees.

Channel24’s Top 12 Movies of 2012 | Channel24

Searching For Sugar Man
Searching For Sugar Man

4. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN – A documentary? A mystery? Or a musical? The story of how a couple of South African fans who set off on a trans-Atlantic journey to discover what happened to their musical hero, Rodriguez, forgotten 1970s American folk singer, will move you in so many ways. A future Oscar winner? Bet on it.

via Channel24’s Top 12 Movies of 2012 | Channel24.

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