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Searching for Sugar Man Movie Review
Searching for Sugar Man
Searching for Sugar Man tells the amazing story of Sixto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American songwriter and musician billed in Detroit in the 1970s as a new Bob Dylan. He never got his head above water among all the African-American Motown superstars but became a huge star in South Africa during the struggle against apartheid.
This little heart-warming documentary movie tells the story of Rodriguez's failure to catch on in the United States, his startling success in South Africa, his rumored suicide, his re-discovery by Sugar Siegelman and the movie's Swedish director, Malik Bendjelloul, and his amazing comeback from total obscurity in the late 1990s. Highly recommended for the entire family.
[Rodriguez is alive and well in Detroit living in the same inner city house where he has lived for the past 40 years.]
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Official Sixto Rodriguez Website
- SugarMan.org - The Official Rodriguez Website.
SugarMan.org - The Official Rodriguez Website.
Wikibio--Sixto Diaz Rodriguez
- Sixto Rodriguez - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (also known as Rodríguez or as Jesús Rodríguez; born July 10, 1942) is a Mexican American folk musician based in Detroit.
5-19-13FreePress--Sixto Rodriguez Delights Hometown Crowd
- Sixto Rodriguez takes Detroit stage to enchant hometown crowd | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
You could practically feel the buzz crackling inside the Masonic Temple Theatre Saturday night, where Rodriguez hit the stage for a triumphant homecoming night.
5-18-13FreePress--Sixto Rodriguez Pursues Royalties
- Sixto Rodriguez pursues review of contracts, sales in search of royalties | Detroit Free Press | fre
After decades of murkiness about his record sales and royalties, a legal and accounting team has begun an inquiry for the enigmatic singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, the Free Press has learned.
Sixto Rodriguez Pursues Royalties
Could some answers finally be on the way for Sixto Rodriguez?
After decades of murkiness about his record sales and royalties, a legal and accounting team has begun an inquiry for the enigmatic singer-songwriter, the Free Press has learned.
The move comes as 70-year-old Rodriguez gears up for the biggest hometown show of his career, tonight at the sold-out Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit.
It could resolve a big question that was raised — but unanswered — in the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” which chronicled Rodriguez’s South African success in the 1970s and ’80s as he remained a virtual unknown back home, where he took up manual labor jobs.
“An attorney and a royalty auditing firm have been engaged by Rodriguez to try and find out what’s going on with respect to his royalties — or lack of royalties,” said New York attorney Mark Levinsohn, who has been retained by the singer.
Gary Cohen, a veteran New York record-label auditor, also has been enlisted.
They’ll seek answers about Rodriguez’s royalties situation from “both the past and, even more important, the present and future,” Levinsohn said.
In “Sugar Man,” an interviewer confronts former Sussex Records founder Clarence Avant about income from sales of Rodriguez albums in apartheid-era South Africa, claimed to be in the hundreds of thousands.
“You think somebody’s going to worry about a 1970 contract?” Avant responds at one point. “If you do, you’re out of your ... mind.”
Reached Friday at his Los Angeles office, Avant said of Rodriguez: “I wish him the best. The fame will be over within a year.”
“I’m happy for Rodriguez. I’m glad this thing came about,” said Avant. “It just pisses me off that all of a sudden (people are saying), ‘We’re owed this, we’re owed that.’ ”
Avant declined to discuss any potential legal action directed toward him but said he has a meeting scheduled Monday with his attorneys. He confirmed they had been contacted this week by an attorney representing Rodriguez.
Avant emphasized that he had been unaware of Rodriguez’s South African album sales at the time, saying they were bootlegged copies not licensed by him.
As far as he knew, said Avant, Rodriguez’s music career had tanked and ended.
“Even when I tried to give his (recording) masters away, nobody wanted to take them,” said Avant, who went on to chair Motown Records in the 1990s.
Rodriguez has been touring, and attempts to reach Regan Rodriguez, his daughter and manager, were unsuccessful.
For Rodriguez’s team, the first step could be auditing the books of the defunct Sussex, which released albums by Rodriguez in 1970 (“Cold Fact”) and 1971 (“Coming from Reality”). Such audits are common in the record industry, usually undertaken by active artists to ensure proper royalty payments. Federal law provides avenues to sue for auditing access if a record company resists.
Because Rodriguez’s music career quickly fizzled in the U.S. — while soaring in South Africa and Australia, unbeknownst to him — he sought no such audit at the time.
Also unclear are the payment terms spelled out in his original Sussex deal.
The Rodriguez team may have to unravel a complex web of decades-old contracts, bookkeeping records and overseas distribution deals as they try to track what money went where — and what might be owed to the singer.
“The truth is, (royalties) have been negligible, almost nonexistent,” said another source close to Rodriguez, who asked not to be named because legal efforts are in early stages. “Is it really possible there’s no money? That just doesn’t make any sense.”
Rodriguez has enjoyed healthy sales at Amazon and iTunes in the wake of “Sugar Man,” appearing for stretches on their best-seller charts. His first two albums had already been licensed by Avant to Seattle’s Light in the Attic Records, which reissued them in 2008 and ’09.
“Everybody’s received royalties since our reissues,” said Light in the Attic founder Matt Sullivan. He said Rodriguez has regularly called him to confirm receipt of royalty checks from Avant.
With Avant’s approval, Light in the Attic sublicensed the material to Sony Legacy for the “Sugar Man” soundtrack, released last year. Avant said he and Light in the Attic split an advance payment from Sony, and that his share was then split with Rodriguez.
“Cold Fact” has sold 140,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, with 69,000 for “Coming from Reality” and 108,000 for the “Sugar Man” soundtrack.
Even as Rodriguez’s team ramps up its royalties investigation, Rodriguez is already benefiting from the surge of attention spawned by “Sugar Man.” Less than two years since he was gigging at cozy Detroit clubs such as the Old Miami and Magic Stick, Rodriguez is playing theaters across the country to sold-out crowds paying up to $80 for seats. His fall schedule already includes headline bookings at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and Barclays Center.
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1-28-13TimeMagazine--"10 Questions for Sixto Rodriguez"
- 10 Questions for Sixto Rodriguez - TIME
Detroit singer Sixto Rodriguez on finding out his songs have been huge hits for decades--on another continent
2-25-13DetroitFreePress--Searching for Sugar Man Another Win for Detroit?
- Searching for Sugar Man Leads for Best Documentary Oscar
SIxto Rodriguez and his unlikely path to overseas fame is being talked about as a sure thing for a best documentary — and has already gathered enough accolades to line one of the gritty Motown blocks that the the singer-songwriter walks in the film.
2-25-13FreePress--Rodriquez's Daughter Excited
- Rodriguez's daughter excited by his success, rooting for a win | Movies | Detroit Free Press | freep
'Searching for Sugar Man' has brought overnight fame to Rodriguez, the enigmatic, charismatic Detroit musician who's the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary.
7-27-12NYTimes--Manohla Dargis Review of "Searching for Sugar Man"
- Malik Bendjelloul’s ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ - NYTimes.com
A Swedish filmmaker seeks to solve the mystery of a Detroit musician who disappeared after his first album bombed, but whose songs became immensely popular in 1970s South Africa.
Rolling Stone Review "Searching for Sugar Man"
- Searching for Sugar Man | Movie Reviews | Rolling Stone
Rodriquez. Don't know the name? Join the club. Hailed as the next Bob Dylan when former Motown chief Clarence Avant signed him in the late 1960s, the musician had two albums released, in 1971 and 1972. Rave reviews failed to translate into sales....
Roger Ebert Review of "Searching for Sugar Man"
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The information they eventually dislodge about Rodriguez suggests a secular saint, a deeply good man, whose music is the expression of a blessed inner being. I hope you're able to see this film. You deserve to. And yes, it exists because we need for
Sixto Rodriguez on Facebook
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Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (also known as Rodriguez or as Jesus Rodriguez; born July 10, 1942) is an American folk musician, born in Detroit, Michigan. He was named 'Sixto' (pronounced seex-tuh) because he was the sixth child in his family.
8-8-14-12Detroit Metro Times--Searching for Sugar Man Review by Corey Hall
August 8-14DetroitMetroTimes--Free Associating with Sixto Rodriguez by Corey Hall
- Free associating with Sixto Rodriguez - Screens - Detroit Metro Times
MetroTimes interviews Sixto Rodriguez