an absolute must watch,
This review is from: Searching For Sugar Man [DVD] (DVD)
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In the late sixties Rodriguez recorded two obscure folk albums, the record company and the critics agreed that they were brilliant records and that Rodriguez was a singer/poet to match Dylan. The problem is no-one bought them, literally no-one. So Rodriguez vanished.
Except that he didn't, over the couple of decades he became a superstar in South Africa. A bootleg copy of the albums made their way into a country ring fenced because of Apartheid, and his reputation grew until he was bigger than Elvis, The Beatles and The Stones put together. A myth began to grow about him, about how he killed himself on stage and other wild ideas and the fact that no-one could find out anything about him made the speculation even more rabid.
I don't want to say too much here that might spoil this wonderful film, much of the pleasure of it comes from the journey the film makers take in trying to discover the truth about what happened to Rodriguez, so I'll leave it like that and allow you to find out for yourself.
This is the perfect documentary, about an obscure but fascinating subject, with all the intrigue of a blockbuster movie and a cracking soundtrack. For anyone with any interest in music, the sixties/seventies, or just who loves a really good story, this is nothing less than essential viewing