Oscar-Winning "Searching for Sugar Man"
Thu, Oct 24
12:00 PM — 1:30 PM
NAC160 Convent Ave.137th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Two South Africans set out to discover their musical hero, rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.
"A musical detective story, this enthralling documentary focuses on a little-known American musician whose haunting voice and poetic lyrics were essentially unknown in his own country, but had a massive impact across the globe.
"In late 1960s Detroit, Sixto Rodriguez, the son of Mexican migrant workers, was a lyrical storyteller, writing songs through the prism of his working-class life. When a former Motown producer heard the singer-songwriter perform in an inner-city bar, he was entranced, likening him to Bob Dylan. Persuading him to make a record, he expected to catapult Rodriguez to stardom. Released in 1970 and well received by critics, Rodriguez's Cold Fact bombed. A year later his second album, Coming From Reality, also flopped.
"Cut to South Africa and a stranger-than-fiction saga. In the early 1970s a bootleg copy of Cold Fact made it into the country and, shortly thereafter, hundreds of thousands of South Africans had their own copies. Rodriguez's protest songs, with their anti-Establishment lyrics, struck a chord during a turbulent period in which apartheid was at its height."
Claudia Puig, USA Today