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Cold Fact. Share this:. Like this: Like Loading About SugarMan. I wonder says:. December 15, at pm. June 10, at pm. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. Name required. Vinyl "Please retry". Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Coming From Reality [LP]. Searching for Sugar Man. Coming from Reality. Sixto Rodriguez. Only 2 left in stock - order soon.
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So I purchased and downloaded this album. It is really a great piece of work in my humble opinion. Being a child of the 60ss etc. I am familiar with the cultural and social unrest of the day or rather daze This artist is a very deep thinker and I like that type of music that has a message and makes you think about things that are going on I have coined a new Genre in fact I call it Intellectual Rock!
While I do not necessarily agree with his ideas or politics I do like and support his freedom to "tell it like he sees it" in the interest of American Freedom of Speech Act which is by the way quickly fading away sadly He has passion and he is not afraid to put it out there for the world to hear and I admire that in an artist. It's hard to know what to say about how this album disappeared within the streets of Detroit, and watching Searching for Sugar Man makes it harder.
First, the global impact. Detroit was a center of black American culture, and for immigrants from Latin America and Eastern Europe as well. But it was built on industries that left for cheaper automobiles or more glamorous music locales. So the symbol of Sugar Man - Rodriguez* - Cold Fact (Vinyl decay and destruction, of white flight abandoning a poor black center, of then pretending that the fall of Detroit was the fault of those left behind rather than those who left, produced an album that went halfway across the world to South Africa of the s and s.
Cold Fact in South Africa became amazingly popular among young white Afrikaaners, a musical guide to liberation from the oppressive system of their parents and grandparents.
This was not so accurate as a prophecy about America. But it was taken as an order by young South Africans. It weakened the Apartheid system for the white community, and made Rodriguez one of the most popular musicians there. Sixto Rodriguez, though, albums commercial failures in the US, returned to working construction - which in Detroit often meant deconstruction. This university philosophy major and rare person deserving the title "bard" without irony or silliness implied, worked hard jobs and long hours and maintained a life of poverty of material goods.
But he was a father to several daughters, whom he instilled with curious minds and confidence that goes beyond class or race, bringing them to the museums of arts and sciences and to all the cultural wonders Detroit had gathered when it was a wealthy center of world industry. We can easily find stories of great artists of all sorts leaving their children to servants or televisions, here we have someone more devoted to fatherhood than commercial artistry.
And it is because he has the balance of mind to remain who he is regardless of situation. And that person is of the humbleness that comes with the knowledge that self importance is a greater fault than self denial, but also knows that the humble man can walk on any path offered and appreciate the voyage.
Rodriguez is like a character from a 19th century American novel: the person with the knowledge of what is right and who will stay true to the right when the outwardly righteous will do whatever wrongs it takes to maintain the visage of righteousness. Other people in the film, including Rodriguez's daughters, speak of money made from his musical works, including his daughters, but he does not.
Rodriguez shows none. It is clear from the scenery in the film that Rodriguez's daughters have a higher material standard of wealth than he. Rodriguez still lives in the same Detroit building he has for 40 years, seeming to use a small stove and scrap wood for warmth.
There are questions about where the money made from the albums went. But the money made from touring in South Africa and elsewhere was mostly given away by Rodriguez. This is a man who gives, but will only give the truth as he sees it, and believes that wealth obscures the view. Rodriguez has been rediscovered by the world, thanks to the dedication of South Africans, but he is only more of a mystery when seen than when hidden. The truth as I see it, though, says that Cold Fact deserves a 6th Star for having one of the best album covers ever.
We bought this after watching the documentary "Finding Sugarman. The CD is consistently good throughout with biting social commentary woven into the amazingly poetic lyrics that is at the same time beautiful and depressing to face directly social and racial inequality that still pervades many of our communities.
Due to some lyrics, parents may want to review before playing around younger children; on the other hand, maybe if parents expose their children to challenges brought about by these inequalities, children might be better able to address them later in life. I loved it and felt affected by this mans story. His music his poetry, lyrics are so beautiful.
How could he have been overlooked and where did the money go from the sales in South Africa. Well this guy is very grounded and when he did not sell in the US he thought well go back to normal life and earn a days work for pay.
He worked very hard, he had a wife and 3 daughters. He has lived in the same home he bought in Wayne County, Detroit Michigan. He worked harder than many other people would do. He is very grounded and never saw a cent of money from sales in South African.
All i can say is if you are not emotionally affected by his story you must be a very hard person. I know what is coming up next. He has a great voice and he is a great lyricist and poet. In a world where all write about Love his albums are very different. If you are looking for a type who comes to mind is Bob Dylan who changed his sir-name. It will not change his life but it may change yours, Album). Any money he made from his South Album) tours he gave away to family and friends.
His life remains the same. I would compare his journey a little like John Fogerty. In those days it was precarious to deal with Record Companies. It would be different today an artist would have a Lawyer look at the contract. As for what happened to the money of Buy and enjoy.
See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. I saw him due to all the hype I'd read about the documentary Searching for Sugarman, had seen him on Later With Jools and also because I love the Bristol band that were supporting him during all his UK tour dates; Phantom Limb.
I wasn't expecting much, knowing that his CDs were recorded in and and I don't think there is much music from that era that stands up that well now - apart from the absolute greats e. However, all the songs were instantly memorable and I'd only heard Sugarman before the gig.
His voice was much better than it was on Later With Jools and indeed his voice is really distinctive - in a good way. The audience were very responsive, knew all his lyrics and welcomed him as the long-lost hero he surely is.
The support he got from Phantom Limb was amazing - you would think they had played back-up to him for years. They really deserve a big break too. I think Elbow was the last gig when I came out on a similar high and where the audience reaction was so voluble. Some of the lyrics are those of that time and I think they might sometimes be "American-specific", but they have a poetic kind of beauty. I've come across descriptions of his work as "psychedelic", which I find odd.
The majority of his songs have really beautiful melodies too. My iPod is constantly playing his stuff and am never bored. I have pre-ordered the Searching for Sugarman DVD but am gutted that it isn't out before Xmas - that must rank as the biggest marketing faux-pas in many a year - missing out on the Xmas market.
No doubt now Rodriguez is becoming a legend, he will get the worldwide recognition that he so thoroughly deserves. I'd recommend that you buy both albums, as both are equally good. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. After watching the Searching For on terrestrial tv for the first time I have to admit, to my great shame, that I had never even heard of Rodriguez. And I guess that there is the conundrum.
WHY did this guy never make it bigtime. A very humble guy, even in his resurgence, who just wrote some of the best songs you will ever hear. Far superior vocally than Dylan, and yet who wrote heart wrenching songs on life and the darker side of it. Rodriguez wrote about life as he knew it and experienced it, ergo making the songs all the more LP.
He did sell a substantial ammount of albums in South Africa and Australia and yet he made nothing off the back of it. In this day and age whereby a tv show can make squillions for an average at best singer or band it is a tragedy when a TRUE talent like Rodriguez can go unnoticed and relatively unrewarded for so long.
Newcomers take note, as I did, watch the documentary, get caught up in the myth which even the best script writer couldn't have wrote, be humbled by the man, but more so, get hooked on this fabulous music.
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