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15.1.13

Music musings - Sixto Rodriguez, Sugar Man


A few of you (particularly South Africans) may already know of Sixto Riodriguez's music but I first heard it in 1995/96 when my wife played it. She had what was probably a bootleg copy of the album 'Cold Fact', given that it was incorrectly called 'Cold Feet'..!


It wasn't unusual that we heard this superb1970 released album so late, as it did absolutely nothing in America & pretty much disappeared without a trace. However, unbeknown to everyone else, including Rodriguez himself, it was huge in South Africa. Upon listening to Cold Fact, the music picks you up & transports you back in time; it is very evocative & emotive, you sense the struggle & adversity he endures to get by, feeling at times like you could be there with him. The social & political commentary has parallels with Bob Dylan, reminding me slightly of listening to The Freewheelin' album but it is also very different & nailed on for it's era in the late '60s/early '70s.

We were both intrigued to hear a film of Rodriguez's life had been made, which was released last year in 2012. We wanted to see it at this lovely restored Art Deco cinema called The Rex near us but I don't think they've shown it yet; it's the perfect venue to watch this film. Anyway, we ended up watching 'Searching for Sugar Man' the other night on DVD. It's kind of a music documentary but great viewing, particularly interesting if you know the music. Even if you don't, it's still a good film, making a good introduction to the music.




You can read more about Sixto Rodriguez on the official website here - www.sugarman.org

Official film trailer below...


Sixto Rodriguez below performing 'Sugar Man' on Later with Jools Holland ...


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