In the years of 1971 and 1972, when my teen mother was birthing my sister and conceiving me, RODRIGUEZ delivered his only two albums, Cold Fact and Coming From Reality. They first was one of the most important folk rock albums in history. In South Africa, it was a soundtrack to our lives; loved by teens and parents, pop and rock fans.
Unfortunately, the world at large, was oblivious. Both albums sold poorly in the states, were deleted and the record label dropped him. He would head into rumoured alcoholism and self-obscurity, unknowingly becoming the most popular artist in South Africa where the only argument was over how he had died…until, in the Nineties, he was found alive, a stoner having studied philosophy and run for the Mayor of Detroit 7 times.
He’s now toured South Africa, my country, 4 times and, FINALLY, the USA is getting to know him at the age of 70. Apparently one of his daughters married a bodyguard from his first tour here and is now living on the Garden Route, 40km from my home.
If you’re a folk music fan, a lover of Bob Dylan, Scott McKenzie, Cat Stevens and Janis Joplin, then a listen to RODRIGUEZ, the man who represented two generations, is essential for the continued existence of your ears. Start with the tracks ‘Crucify Your Mind’ and ‘I Wonder’ – you’ll be hooked to his sincerity, protest and well-crafted lyrics. Catch the movie, Searching for Sugar Man, which has being bestowed numerous awards in 2012.