One of the most enigmatic singer songwriters of the 1970’s is a man called Rodriguez. He disappeared over 30 years ago and a film about his life was released earlier this year – called Searching for Sugar Man.
This is the official blurb for the documentary, which has been playing around Australia as part of the travelling Sydney Film Festival. It is an incredible story, about an extraordinary man and his influence on the world, most of which was happening without his knowing anything about it.
“Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. — (C) Sony Pictures Classics