I watched Searching for Sugar Man last night. It was very good. It’s essentially a documentary about Sizto Rodriguez, an American musician who released a couple of albums back in the early 1970s. They appeared to be complete flops despite very good reviews and so he went back to work as a labourer in Detroit. They were, however (unbeknownst to Rodriguez), extremely popular in South Africa and Australia, where his fans thought he had died in some kind of macabre on-stage suicide. Without wanting to give too much away, the documentary is essentially about two of his fans who are trying to find out more about him and about how he died. Amazing story and really well done. It’s only after I finished watching that I discovered that it has been nominated in the best documentary category in this year’s Academy awards.
A while ago, I posted a link to one of his songs called Inner City Blues. Below is the song – Sugar Man – that inspired the title of the documentary.