Searching For Sugar Man
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SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music. In the late '60s, two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics discovered a musician in a Detroit bar. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This soundtrack consists of a selection of songs featured in the film but originally found on Rodriguez's records COLD FACT and COMING FROM REALITY.
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His legacy has already been spelled out...Sixto Rodriguez, a young singer/song-writer from Detroit, makes two rather obscure albums in the early 1970s that don't sell very well on a national level. Believing that he's had his chance, his record label drops him, relegating him to a life of insignificance.
Unknown to him or his record label, his songs take off in South Africa, becoming hugely popular. Thrown into the same class as Dylan, Elvis and the Beatles in these remote countries, Rodriguez, conversely, goes to work in Detroit's demolition and assembly line business, epitomizing the many who've lost a career in popular music and are now attempting to scrape by.
But it is this persistent popularity throughout Africa and Europe that drive a new generation of Rodriguez fans to wonder about his outcome. What happened to this guy? Why did he just disappear? Is it true that he shot himself on-stage one night in mid-concert?
In 2012, with the release of "Searching For Sugarman," his renewed career suddenly takes off. Playing to mostly European and African audiences, he finally realizes his dream of success at 70 years old. This compilation soundtrack is the result of that effort.
To me, if you are going to listen to the best of Rodriguez, there are three monumental works that carry this man's legacy..."Crucify Your Mind" and "I Wonder" from "Cold Fact" and "Cause" from "Coming From Reality" tell all there is about this man's talent. Later works seem to forget the depth and background orchestration of these fabulous tracks. But taken all at once, this is a crucial look at a man and a career reborn, miraculously 40 years after it'd seemingly died. The movie and the music are magnificently uplifting...everyone needs to be inspired by "Searching for Sugar Man."
The myth formed that he had set himself on fire at the end of a show with the lines that ended one of his songs, "Thanks for your time. And you can thank me for mine. And after that's said, Forget it. Bag it, man." and then ended his life in a flash. except that was nothing but legend, part of the myth of this man and how it took a decade for his masterpiece first album to go platnum half way around the world.
The music is brilliant. the song lyrics are still relivant today, and maybe more so. "This system's gonna fall soon, to an angry young tune-and that's a concrete cold fact." and when he sings of Rich Folks Hoax you can only wonder if he isn't the voice of todays 98%.When you hear "Crucify Your Mind", it sounds like the best that Dylan ever wrote. "Sugar Man" is a tale of life in the real inner city. Music like this, and a tale like this won't die.
The film is a great piece of entertainment, a great piece of `musico-politico' history. And now he is out touring again. get the sound track, it concists of music from both albums. See the movie if you can.
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