Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Searching for Sugarman

Searching for Sugarman is a very fine music documentary screening at The Film Festival later this month, looking forward to it - screening times here.

It tells the story of Detroit folk rock musician Sixto Rodriguez, who made two under-rated albums in the early 1970s (produced by legendary Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey and his production partner Mike Theodore), before fading from view.

But his albums later gained a huge following in South Africa, Australia and NZ during the 70s and 80s, but efforts by fans to find him proved fruitless, with some speculation that perhaps he was dead, by his own hand.

He wasn't dead - he had left the music industry and was working in construction to support his family. The film Searching For Sugarman tells the tale of his remarkable rediscovery and more.

Rodriguez had his debut album and its followup reissued by Seattle label Light In The Attic in 2008, which led to a resurgence of interest in his work along with live shows, including his live debut on the US west coast(!). He is preforming at the tenth anniversary party for Light In The Attic in September.

MORE INFO: from Huffington Post: 'Searching For Sugar Man': The Unbelievable True Story Of Rodriguez

PLUS watch Rodriguez live in January, with his own bit of advice on what the secret to life is...

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