Rodriguez: Searching for Sugar Man
In 1968, two producers went into a bar in Detroit, Mich., to watch a local artist perform. The musician was Sixto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American singer-songwriter who was developing a name for himself in the community. The producers liked what they saw and brought Rodriguez into the studio to record a couple of albums. One was released under the title Cold Fact.
Cold Fact received good reviews but never developed commercially. Rodriguez's music career ended. It was rumoured in the music community that he had killed himself. One story was that he had set himself ablaze onstage after uttering, "But thanks for your time, then you can thank me for mine and after that's said, forget it."
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, a copy of Cold Fact had found its way to South Africa during the time of apartheid. Rodriguez's anti-establishment lyrics resonated with disaffected Afrikaners and he developed a following through word of mouth. Cold Fact became the anthem of the white resistance and the disc went platinum in South Africa despite being banned by the government. Rodriguez had achieved cult-like success in South Africa.
Twenty-five years later, two fans set out to discover if the rumoured death of Rodriguez was true. To their surprise, they found the artist alive and well, working as a labourer in Detroit — and unaware of his musical fame a continent away.
This remarkable story caught the attention of filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, who outlines the life of Rodriguez and his re-discovery in his now Academy Award-winning documentary film, Searching for Sugar Man.
On this edition of Inside the Music we present Rodriguez: Searching for Sugar Man, produced by Joyride Media. This special will introduce you to the music of Sixto Rodriguez, with interviews interviews with the producers of his records, the people who found him, filmmaker Bendjelloul and even Rodriguez himself.
Tracklist for Searching for Sugar Man's soundtrack:
1. "Sandrevan Lullaby" by Rodriguez
2. "Sugar Man" by Rodriguez
3. "Inner City Blues" by Rodriguez
4. "Like Janis" by Rodriguez
5. "Cause" by Rodriguez
6. "This Is Not A Song..." by Rodriguez
7. "I Wonder" by Rodriguez
8. "I Think of You" by Rodriguez
9. "Can't Get Away" by Rodriguez
10. "I'll Slip Away" by Rodriguez
11. "Street Boy" by Rodriguez
12. "Crucify Your Mind" by Rodriguez
13. "Jane S. Piddy" by Rodriguez