“Just climb up on my music and my songs will set you free...” – Rodriguez Climb Up On My Music
One of the most fascinating and talented musicians around today, a Bluesfest favourite, and an incredible story – Rodriguez is back in a big way. For those who have missed the extraordinary music and story that surrounds him, let us tell you about the ‘Mystery Man’.
A philosopher by education, Rodriguez was signed to a contract in the late 1960s after producers with ties to Motown Records saw him playing in a smoky Detroit nightclub called The Sewer. He then made a pair of albums that sold almost nothing, toured a little and then dropped out of sight.
Still largely unknown in the US and Europe, Sixto Rodriguez has been described by many as ‘The greatest ‘70’s US rock icon who never was. Both albums Cold Fact & Coming from Reality are filled to the brim with carefully crafted tales including; “Sugar Man”, “Crucify Your Mind” & “I wonder” just to name a few; Songs with anti-establishment lyrics that struck a chord in Apartheid South Africa (where he was deemed bigger than the Stones or Elvis), as well as here in Australia & New Zealand.
Rodriguez’s story does not end here, this wild tale, fascinating protagonist and extraordinary catalogue of music is something of a fairy-tale, which has just been released in a documentary film ‘Searching for Sugar Man’, now showing in Cinemas across the country. The doco follows two South African fans search that has stretched nearly three decades to discover their hero, and share his story with the world.
We won’t be able to call Rodriguez the ‘Mystery Man’ anymore. The Oscar nominated documentary has been receiving rave reviews and has already claimed several awards. These include two awards at Sundance, the Audience Award at the Los Angeles and Durban Film Festivals, best documentary award at the 24th annual Producers Guild Awards as well as winning Best Documentary at the Melbourne Film Festival in 2012. Rodriguez has just sold out two shows in London at the 3,000 capacity venue ‘The Roundhouse’ and a third show is selling fast.
“…One of the greatest, and most moving documentaries ever made”
5 STARS - Ali Catterall Q MAGAZINE
“Powerful, Uplifting and Unforgettable” DAZED AND CONFUSED
It’s impossible not to be swept up or reminded of what an amazing musician, extraordinary wordsmith & talented performer he is and this tour coincides with the release of the soundtrack ‘Searching for Sugar Man (2012)’ which features some of his most definitive songs off both albums. With the mystery unveiled, come and stand shoulder to shoulder with new and old fans alike for the next chapter of this incredible musician.
Welcome back to Bluesfest Sugar Man.