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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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Searching for Sugar Man Soundtrack

Hard to pick favorites or find words to describe the Rodriguez experience ... just listen for yourself. You are missing a lot if you don't get both Cold Facts and Coming from Reality, but if you can get only one, buy this Soundtrack.

Remarkable musician. Really enjoyable movie.

The real deal.


This album is a must have and was
my favorite of all his albums. Wow
hard to believe that I had never heard
of him until watching the Movie.


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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