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Searching for Sugar Man

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2013-02-19 14:04

Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary about the artist (Sixto) Rodriguez who released two unsuccessful albums in Detroit in the early 1970s and subsequently faded away from the music business back into what is described as abject poverty. Unbeknownst to him, however, his music became hugely popular in South Africa where his fans were under the impression that he was dead. This documentary retells the story of how two of his South African fans tracked him down in the late 90s.

The documentary is well made and quite moving towards the end. All fans of music will, IMHO, enjoy it. However, I'll have to give it a -1 for not being completely open about the facts. Rodriguez's career did not come to an end (or a break, I guess) after the release of his second album. He was made aware that his albums had sold well in Australia and he toured there to apparently large audiences in the early 80s.