Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 3, 2012 - 11:59am PT
Searching for Sugar Man is a "must see" movie about Sixto Rodriquez, a Mexican American singer/ songwriter in the mold of James Taylor/ Cat Stevens/ Bob Dylan. Rodriquez recorded two excellent albums in the early 70’s that sold nothing, was dropped from the record label and quit the music biz and when back to earning a living working construction. Unknown to him (or anybody in America), Rodriquez’s albums make their way in to South Africa in the height of apartheid and become huge hits. His music becomes a guiding voice to the generation of the young white South African’s questioning and ultimately overthrowing the regime.
You can listen to several selections from his two albums below.
Funny to see this pop up, an old friend I saw at a wedding a few months back is in the movie, one of the South African guys who looked Sixto up. anyways, he told me about it and I've been meaning to get out there and find it for awhile,..
Thanks for posting, Sewellymon! That's quite a story, not to mention some great music. Rodriguez is 70 now. Must be very cool for him to know the role his music has had. He's on tour again - http://www.rodriguez-music.com/tour-dates/
Sixto Rodriguez, (L) and Malik Bendjelloul, director of "Searching for Sugar Man", June 2012