Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man

Both a mystery and a musician, Rodriguez was a folk singer/songwriter and the subject of "Searching for Sugar Man." Despite cutting two albums of high quality with songs that left lasting impressions on the producers, he vanished into obscurity. Far off in the country of South Africa, his music took hold and a legend began. Still in the days of vinyl, record stores were selling millions of his albums. Rodriguez was as big as Elvis and The Beatles. Many of his lyrics were gritty and hit hard like "This system's gonna fall soon/To an angry young tune/and that's a concrete cold fact." Thanks in part to the South African government banning his songs, he became a hero to those oppressed by apartheid and liberal Afrikaners. His fans found precious little about him in the liner notes of the albums, but they knew the tales of his tragic death where he set himself on fire. Where did Rodriguez come from and why did he commit suicide in such a way? A website was launched and two ardent fans studied his lyrics and followed the record sales to learn more. "Searching for Sugar Man" documents their discoveries backed by a soundtrack of Rodriguez's tunes that still resonate today. The blurb on the DVD gives away more than it needs to. For best effect, just watch and be amazed. Rodriguez would likely agree.

We carry the soundtrack as well, which collects Rodriguez's best songs from his two albums. "Searching for Sugar Man: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack."

--Cindy F., Headquarters

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