Searching for Sugar Man is an award-winning documentary that charts the extraordinary and inspirational story of mysterious 1970s musician Rodriguez. The film is written and directed by Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul.
In the late ’1960s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. Searching for Sugar Man is a fantastic film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.
Listen to the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack for free via Spotify. It’s a mix of his two early 1970′ albums Cold fact and Coming from reality.