‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Review


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Searching for Sugar ManLike the recent ‘The Imposter’, ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ is another documentary that tells us a mystery story so remarkable it would be very hard to believe if it weren’t true.

Rodriguez was a Bob Dylan-esque folk-rock singer-songwriter from Detroit, who released two albums in the early seventies, greatly acclaimed by the few that knew him, but both of which completely failed to sell in America. Indeed, when his former label president is asked how many records he thinks Rodriguez sold there he immediately replies; ‘six’. Aside from his failure to achieve success, he was also known to be a highly mysterious figure. Fellow Detroit natives describe him as being like a ‘homeless person’ who they would see wandering around the city with no apparent motive, and when he performed, he did so with his back to the audience. He never recorded again, and reportedly ended his final show by…

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