Bob Dylan was mild in comparison to him. He was bigger than Elvis and bigger than the Rolling Stones.
His words defined a revolution that not only changed a country but also the world.
How many albums did he sell in America? Probably about 6.
Seen performing in a bar by two producers who were awestruck by his melodies and lyrics, they tipped him to be one of the biggest stars of his generation. But Rodriguez’s music didn’t sell.
He went to work in the worst paid jobs and disappeared. Unbeknownst to him, a bootleg copy of his album (“Cold Fact”) found its way to a South Africa in the grips of Apartheid where its lyrics spoke to the people. It encouraged and inspired people, in the most beautiful way, to be anti-establishment. But Rodriguez and the rest of the world were oblivious.
His music was on everyone’s lips. It defined, strengthened and united them. But it was an accepted fact that this man, with the pressures of the world on his shoulders, had committed suicide live on stage, never knowing the impact he had had on thousands of people.
Two South African’s went on a journey to find out the story of Rodriguez. They went Searching for Sugarman…and this film tells the incredible, unbelievable story of what, and who, they found.
Check it out,
Just doin’ ma duty,
Old Bushel Britches x