Sixto Rodriguez aka Sugar Man

I'm fascinated with the story of Sixto Rodriguez, the Mexican-American musician from Detroit whose album Cold Fact, not a big success in the States, made its way to South Africa where it was bigger than Abbey Road. It helped to inspire the white anti-apartheid movement, though he had no idea of this till recently.

Meanwhile South Africans assumed he was dead and circulated stories of his onstage suicide.

Malik Bendjelloul's film about Rodriguez just debuted in New York.

I can't wait to see it and hear more about The Sugar Man, especially his impact in South Africa.

And as it happens Rodriguez (not dead after all) is playing today at the Newport Folk Festival broadcast LIVE on NPR.
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NPR | An Unwitting Folk Hero Finds A Spotlight at Last

The Independent | Searching For Sugarman review

NPR | Newport Folk Festival live broadcast and archives