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Rodriguez

Another serious contester for the title of "artist least likely to enjoy a major career re-estimation," the story of cult enigma Rodriguez is nonetheless characterized by recurring moments of renaissance, sprawled over four decades and as many continents. Hopelessly obscure in the United States during his formative years as Detroit's answer to Dylan via Motown and Bacharach, in South Africa the artist notoriously remained a nostalgic reminder of apartheid. As Dutch national newspaper NRC Handelsblad discovered in 2005, young white South Africans who had been enlisted with the national service had embraced Rodriguez as their own counterculture Hendrix. However politically incorrect this must seem, their longing for the Vietnam era -- when smoking grass and listening to Rodriguez' thought-provoking lyrics was viewed as a means of rebelling against their own ultra-conservative government -- comes across as perfectly imaginable. As a consequence, much of his repertoire remains a big favorite of singalongs at an average "Braai," or barbecue party.

Born in Detroit in 1942, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez originated from a working-class background and dropped out of high school at the age of 16. Dividing his time between hanging around the university campus and playing assorted unconventional clubs and bars, he was introduced to Impact's Harry Balk, which led to the recording of his first single "I'll Slip Away" in 1967. When Balk took off for a career as a creative director at Motown, session players and ardent Rodriguez supporters Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore put him under the attention of Clarence Avant. About to set up his Sussex label, the latter was genuinely impressed with the artist's take on Detroit street life and supplied Theo-Coff Productions with sufficient means to cut an album's worth of material. Naturally, Theodore and Coffey took up keyboard and guitar duties, in addition to employing second wave Motown Funk Brothers for a rhythm section. Recording Rodriguez separately, they afterwards matched his voice and acoustic guitar to a sonic palette of various orchestrations and psychedelic effects. Being Sussex' first release, the resulting Cold Fact was a stone-cold folk-rock classic with an otherworldly feel to it.

Though industry-wise it was met with positive reviews, commercially the album gathered only dust. Theories as to why it didn't catch on in the climate of socially conscientious albums like Cloud Nine and What's Going on range from either not being played by underground radio and thus not meeting its intended public, or insufficient marketing by Buddah, with whom Sussex had a promotion and distribution deal. Though subsequently concentrating on Bill Withers, Avant offered Rodriguez the chance to record a follow-up in London with Steve Rowland (renowned for Family Dog's "Sympathy"). When 1971's Coming from Reality met a similar fate as its predecessor, the artist left the music business to enroll at university, in between working construction to support his family. End of story, you would think, but unbeknown to Rodriguez, he definitely wouldn't be left to reside in the "where are they now files".

Much to the artist's own surprise in 1979, he was requested to do some small theater shows Down Under, coinciding with the chart success of Australian re-releases of his albums. Fast forward to 1998, when Rodriguez was even more amazed to find vast amounts of mainstream acceptance. Apparently, some South African fans had invested quite a lot of effort in tracking down their long-lost hero. Their excitement to find him alive and well convinced Rodriguez to play arena-sized venues.

At last, in the 21st century, his genius was acknowledged across America and mainland Europe, his popularity re-sparked by hip-hop loving-crate diggers like David Holmes, whose mix compilation Come Get It, I Got It used Cold Fact's opening shot "Sugar Man" for its own eclectic musical journey. In 2008, Cold Fact became more easily available through a lovingly annotated re-release, followed in 2009 by Coming from Reality. To celebrate his umpteenth rediscovery, Rodriguez embarked upon a world tour, meeting old fans and a whole new generation of admirers. This renaissance was mirrored in the 2012 Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man and companion compilation soundtrack, which followed two Rodriguez fans' quest to discover the fate of one of their most beloved artists. ~ Quint Kik, Rovi
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dmcdon8791
Stories of street life in Detroit in the '60's match my memories. He captures the senses...
Got hooked on this artist way back when as a travellin' hippy...stil l as good as ever...
rrwjams1
Yeah, better then expected. This guy really has talent!
srskier
Just watched the film - Searching for Sugarman. Incredible story made possible by an incredible man and his music. Thank you Pandora!
acm1236
Ever since I first learned of Rodriguez by watching Searching for Sugarman I have become a huge fan. I have been turning people on to him since then. (Even total strangers on an airplane :-) He is such a humble musical genius. I finally got to see him in concert and he definitely does not disappoint!
I will listen to this beautiful man's beautiful music all my days he is a musical storytelling master !!
RODRIGUEZ IS BEYOND AWESOME!

MOONSHADOW
I just watched this movie Searching for Sugar Man and all I can say is please pass the Word on Sixto Rodriguez. United States We Must Support This Awesome POET...
Love your music. You are as good as Dylan if not better.
I try to tell everyone I know about this amazing artist yet even pandora doesn't feature him.
booton78
Was a teenager in the 90's in South Africa and loved the music. Rich folks hoax still a favourite
Ever since I watched the documentary, I literally could not stop listening to Rodriguez. As a matter of fact, I am just now listening to Forget It. What an amazing and under-rated musician.
bobbieingers o l l 8
Just watched Searching for Sugar Man last evening. WOW!!!! The humility this man, this artist exudes is matched only by the amazing turn of events of this story in the first place. WOW!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
How the hell did this man slip through our American fingers in music!
wade_gary
Fortunate to grow up listening to Cold Fact on cassette in SA and then to re-find him and enjoy him all over again - great music, great story, great man.
The beauty of Rodriguez, his lyrics and his life captures your heart and it swells with a renewed joy that music can only create!!! Do someone a favor...turn them onto this artist.
BOSS
That documentary was SO necessary for America. Such a shame it took us this long to embrace this amazing man.
Rodriguez is awesome! New music from decades ago - good luck with your newfound fame! You deserve it.
perlasteve
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the South Africans. Without the movie I never would have heard Rodriquez, and I used to call myself a musician.
Saw his documentary and love his music. What a cool guy!
louisastano4
so true of all true vocalists when you listen and they make your heart soar to the skies... thanks rodriguez. aaaaaaaaaaaa a a a a a a a a a a h so good.
aaaaahh....
You may be ancient Mr. Rodriguez (so am I)...but you are a legend!! Charmayne in Oz ♥:-)
......many years....
Thank You Mr. Rodriguez!!! You have been a part of my life since I was 18. xxx
daysoluvin
good stuff!
I also saw Searching for Sugar Man and was amazed when hearing his music that he never took off in the US. Thrilled to now be aware of this musical genius. I was fortunate enough to see him recently on tour. His voice hasn't changed at all. Thank you Pandora for having his music available to all of us.
stachelek9
His music speaks to the timeless soul!
wow!
I watched the documentary on a flight to Hong Kong and was mesmorized by this amazing artist. We may all feel he got a bum deal, but he is his own man. Amazing!! Thank you for playing his music, Pandora
daysoluvin
In the wake of the Sugarman Oscar I realized that Pandora might have some Rodriquiz, thank you the station is really great
stefjunk25
Right on, Centerednatu r a l h e e l i n g . But no, it doesn't justify the robbers. It just gives us hope that in the long run goodness can prevail. This guy is the real deal. I'm not religious, but this guy is like the real Jesus, carpenter and all. Even better, not a carpenter, the guy who cleans the crappiest houses. So amazingly pure and humble just trudging along. Kudos to the tenacious fans who just kept searching. Rodriguez voice is straight from the soul straight to the soul.
Its about time for real lyrical music
THANK YOU, PANDORA!
dlc
centerednatu r a l h e a l i n g
Heartedness somehow make his story absolutley perfect, as sad as it was. Thank you for making it beautiful Rodriguez and may we all strive to be as humble and remember the important things and that we are all equal. Peace and Love.
And also many props to the dedicated fans that found him and let us know him and his music
centerednatu r a l h e a l i n g
This man Rodriguez is such an inspiration to humanity and somehow justifies the wrongdoing of the greedy record labels that profited off of his talent and robbed the majority of experiencing his music. Hearing it now and feeling it instantly grab ahold of my soul proves there is no way this music could have been properly distributed without making an influence as equal as the great Bob Dylan and others. But his mild manner and humility of recent recognition a well as selfless presence and large
hedronmax2
the documentary was great sear5ching for sugar man he himself the artist is without question one of the most humble performers i have ever seen and yet still so comfortable in front of a crowd. worth a eatch this guy is so very interesting and talented
gstratigos
sugarman! I love this guy so much
His documentary brought me here. Love it.
rodriguez is cool
harrow1212
Sometimes reality is so powerfully poignant it takes my breath away...
I love rodriguez for what he has done with his time on this planet
susan007
I too, just came from the film tonight. Jesus.....
Just saw the film tonight. Like dying and going to heaven. unconditiona l love and support everlasting feeling and all.♥
I just saw his movie and thought it was wonderful. Sorry that I never knew him. Now that I do, I wish he would start performing here in the USA. Think of the poetry he could make of our society now. He is so gifted and should think about sharing his talents again.
Man, what a gem...what a story....wha t a singer and artist he is. Totally cool...and really does seem like a humble man. Just started listening to his music a few weeks ago and find myself gravitating back to it again and again. I like this cat...ALOT.
sarnjo
My daughter and I has become a fan, after we saw him in tv, and is a great example to people saying never give up on your dreams, He is a star.
brian48808
Rodriguez seems to be a very humble man with a great story, even better outlook and some fantastic music.
tonitroop
Absolutely the best documentary I've seen in a long time. Great pace, story and music.
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