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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. 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. Australia discovered him before South Africa. By the late s, Australian concert promoters tracked down Rodriguez in Detroit. He arrived in Australia with his two teenage daughters for a date tour in early A live album from the tour was released in , right around the time he came back for a second tour.

This time he shared the bill with Midnight Oil at some gigs. Not much happened after that. No calls or anything. He returned to the country for shows every couple of years, and he also started gigging around Europe. Cold Fact was rereleased on CD and it slowly began finding an audience across the continent, though American success proved elusive. Searching for Sugar Man , however, changed everything, bringing Rodriguez to a previously unfathomable level of success.

He soon graduated to the seat Highline Ballroom , and his shows at Town Hall 1, seats , the Beacon Theater 2, seats and Radio City Music Hall 6, seats all sold out in minutes. He has over 30 shows across the world on the books right now, including Coachella and Glastonbury in England.

We have to strike while the iron is hot. The money, I must say, is obscene. Rodriguez has lived in the same modest Detroit house for over 40 years. He has no car, computer or even a television. His daughter Regan forced him to get a cellphone a few years ago because she grew weary of driving around the neighborhood trying to track him down. Once you get down to that level, everything else is icing. He plans on giving much of his money to his three daughters and some old friends.

He nearly went to Vietnam. Despite being a pacifist, Rodriguez contemplated signing up for the army at the height of the Vietnam War. I love my country. He released a single in under the name Rod Riguez.

It was later re-recorded during the Coming From Reality sessions. Balk changed his name to Rod Riguez. He originally refused to appear in Searching for Sugar Man. First-time Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul first heard about Rodriguez while traveling through Africa. He originally planned on creating a short film for Swedish television, but the project slowly grew into a feature film.

He decided to tell the story from the perspective of the South African fans. It told the story of a journalist who is trying to tell a story about a rich guy. That was the thing that hooked me in the beginning, that this story would be different. There was only one problem: Rodriguez was very reluctant to appear in the movie. I think he only changed his mind because he felt kind of sorry for us. Rodriguez suffers from glaucoma, and it has dramatically limited his vision.

I can still get around, but I take things slowly. He has backing bands all over the world. Much like Chuck Berry , Rodriguez tours without a regular band.

After doing that I know I can go in with a super album idea. Rodriguez performs at Banke Hotel in Paris. Here are 10 things you may not know about Rodriguez: Not only did he skip the Oscar ceremony — he was asleep when he won.

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Andrew Anthony tries to make sense of a tragedy. Simon Chinn, British producer of best documentary Searching for Sugar Man, describes his 'surreal experience'.

Searching for Sugar Man is a Swedish—British—Finnish documentary film about a South African cultural phenomenon, directed and written by Malik Bendjelloul , which details the efforts in the late s of two Cape Town fans, Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out whether the rumoured death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true and, if not, to discover what had become of him. Rodriguez's music, which had never achieved success in the United States, had become very popular in South Africa although little was known about him in that country. Initially using Super 8 film to record stylised shots for the film, director Malik Bendjelloul ran out of money for more film to record the final few shots. After three years of cutting-room work the main financial backers of the film threatened to withdraw funding to finish it. Searching for Sugar Man has received widespread critical acclaim.

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As the old adage goes, some realities are indeed much stranger than fiction, and this one in particular is more curious in its twists and turns than most. Traversing a remarkable time-span of over 30 years, Searching for Sugar Man is a fantastical, almost romanticised journey into uncovering the truth behind a mysterious singer-songwriter. It begins with the backdrop of early s Detroit, a gritty urban landscape with a young, mysterious Mexican singer by the name of Rodriguez, who has a penchant for playing gigs with his back turned to the audience. With the music disappearing into the dark underground caverns of rock history of America, and Rodriguez himself vanishing into thin air, the story should have gathered dust and perished. Somehow, through miraculous circumstance, a tape of his first album Cold Fact made its way to the Apartheid-ruled microcosm a world away in South Africa. Rumour has it that a girl brought her Cape Town residing boyfriend a copy from her native home of America. With music, television and newspapers controlled by the state, the climate was just right for Rodriguez to reach cult status. From such an extremely dismal reception to his albums in the USA, Rodriguez quickly became bigger than The Beatles and Rolling Stones in South Africa, speculatively selling over half a million records. Despite the power that the music held, the man himself remained a mystery. Whilst bedrooms and bars from Cape Town to Johannesburg began to idolise Rodriguez as a beacon of hope, no information on him or his whereabouts were found.

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The film tells the story of an unknown American musician who struck it big in apartheid South Africa — but critics says it omitted crucial facts about the life of Sixto Rodriguez. February 27,

T wo moments from the classic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap will surely occur to you while watching this funny, sad, flawed documentary about a casualty of the s Detroit music scene. In , a Mexican-American singer-songwriter called Sixto Rodriguez released an album called Cold Fact, a collection of the poetic and socially engaged songs that he'd been singing around the bars and dives of Detroit, Michigan — songs like "Sugar Man", about drugs. His excitable producers were convinced this would make him as big as Dylan.

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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. 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. Australia discovered him before South Africa.

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