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It’s about time someone made a Sundance-endorsed documentary and catalog-skimming soundtrack about the strange-but-true life story of Sixto Rodriguez, a Detroit native who disappeared into a life of demolition work after releasing two cult records in the early ‘70s. They're cult records in the States, at least. On the Internet, Rodriguez's daughter discovered her dad's genuine star status in South Africa: his working-class-hero songs had become a platinum-plated voice of the '90s anti-apartheid movement. That’s when his long-out-of-print Cold Fact and Coming from Reality LPs received a proper CD pressing, setting the stage for Light in the Attic’s own reissue campaign in the U.S. more than a decade later. “Sugar Man” is a woozy psych-pop single with the same withdrawal symptoms as The Velvet Underground’s “Waiting for the Man.” It perfectly sets the scene of Searching for Sugar Man, raising the curtain on a best-of collection that’s split evenly between Rodriguez’s two studio albums. We’d get more into specific songs, but they’re all essential listening. This is the perfect dust-clearing companion to one of 2012’s most compelling films.

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Love his voice and his music, Bravo Rodriguez. Bets of luck you deserve it.

Sugar…Sugar..South Africa

Growing up on the coast of South Africa, this was a part of our our lives as much as anything…. his words and the casual beats blended well and hit hard. I don't believe there was one person who even doubted Rodriguez was a super star..his talent spoke louder than hype..we bought it !


Great movie. Misplaced production on albums. The reason that his music didn't go in the early seventies is the production. It sounds like Dionne Warwick or Frank Sinatra in the background. If he writes good lyrics, like a Bob Dylan, then why take away from them with lush orchestration/instruments in the background. I was listening to music and attending concerts from the Doors to Zep at the time these albums came out and I can say it didn't fit into that time for the audience he should have met. A time when FM was just coming alive and where he would have been discovered by an audience.


Born: July 10, 1942 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Another serious contender for the title of "artist least likely to enjoy a major career re-estimation," the story of cult enigma Rodriguez is nonetheless characterized by recurring moments of renaissance, sprawled over four decades and as many continents. Hopelessly obscure in the United States during his formative years as Detroit's answer to Dylan via Motown and Bacharach, in South Africa the artist notoriously remained a nostalgic reminder of apartheid. As Dutch national newspaper NRC Handelsblad...
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Pop
  • Released: Jul 24, 2012

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