Friday, August 22, 2014

Rodriguez returns to NZ, for two shows

Rodriguez returns to New Zealand for two shows in October, Auckland and Wellington. Rediscovered after the 2012 Oscar-winning doco Searching For Sugarman by audiences worldwide, his career revival  really kicked off when Seattle label Light In The Attic reissued his two albums  - Cold Fact (1970), and Coming From Reality (1971), in 2008.

Monday 13 October -Auckland – ASB Theatre, Auckland Aotea Centre (Ticketmaster)
Thursday 16 October Wellington – Wellington Opera House (Ticketek)

Light In The Attic on Cold Fact: " Rodriguez recorded Cold Fact – his debut album – in 1969, and released it in March 1970. It’s crushingly good stuff, filled with tales of bad drugs, lost love, and itchy-footed songs about life in late ’60s inner-city America. “Gun sales are soaring/Housewives find life boring/Divorce the only answer/Smoking causes cancer,” says the Dylan-esque Establishment Blues.

But the album sank without trace, thanks, in part, to some of Rodriguez’s more idiosyncratic behavior, like performing at an industry showcase with his back to the audience throughout. When the follow-up, 1972’s Coming From Reality, also sold poorly, Rodriguez called an end to his recording career. He’d never even played a proper gig. And he got on with life. Over the years, he turned his hand to local politics, gaining a degree in philosophy, factory work and eventually, hard labour.

As his music career became a memory, Rodriguez’s legend was growing – on the other side of the world. In South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Cold Fact had become a major word of mouth success, particularly among young people in the South African armed forces, who identified with its counter-cultural bent. But Rodriguez was an enigma – not even the label knew where to find him – and his demise became the subject of debate and conjecture... " Read the full story here. 

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