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Searching for Sugarman

Its official guys, music from the 60s just cannot possibly be bad.
I’ve discovered this artist called Rodriguez who released 2 albums in the US during the 60s. Despite some of the best lyrics and poetry full of insight and an amazing voice, he bombed in the US. Nobody had ever heard of him.
But somehow, one recorded cassette of one album reached South Africa which at that time was plagued by Apartheid. The songs and voice of Rodriguez became the driving force and hope for the protesters against the Apartheid regime. In South Africa, Rodriguez was bigger than Elvis Presley. But in that time of oppression, they knew nothing but his name and couldn’t find out more. They heard rumors that he had killed himself on stage during a concert in a bout of depression.
Only recently, did two men set out to find out who Rodriguez was and discovered that he isn’t dead at all.
On the contrary, he is alive and kicking and through a documentary on him- Searching for Sugarman (that has won the Best Documentary Award at the 85th Academy Award)- we discover a story of happiness, hope, humility and absolutely brilliant music.
Hear hear!

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May 16, 2013 · 6:50 pm