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Searching for Sugar Man

Last year’s much-buzzed-about documentary Searching For Sugar Man told the story of Rodriguez, a talented though obscure folk musician from Detroit who put out two very poorly-selling albums in the early seventies and then disappeared. Doesn’t sound like much of a story, right? Talented musicians fail to hit it big all the time, so what’s the big deal? Well, it turns out, as Rodriguez spent the last few decades performing manual labor in obscurity here in the States, in South Africa he was a best-selling artist and cultural icon on par with Elvis and The Beatles. The thing is, nobody there knew that he was a nobody over here, and nobody here knew he was a somebody over there, until a South African journalist put two and two together and set up a big show for Rodriguez in his home country. Thus, a documentary was born. The other notable thing about Rodriguez’s story is just how good the small handful of songs he wrote were. Anyone who worked with him talks about his songwriting like he’s a talent on par with a Bob Dylan or a Paul Simon, but for some reason his releases never connected with an American audience, so instead of getting tons of new material from him over the past few decades like we have from Dylan and Simon, with Rodriguez we’ve got nothing but silence. It kind of feels like we got screwed. There might be a pot of musical gold at the end of this […]

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published: 04.18.2014
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