Searching for Sugarman: a documentary about Rodriguez

I saw a new music documentary weeks ago that still has me asking myself questions as to how I had never heard of Rodriguez before. Searching For Sugarman is the surreal and true story of Sixto Rodriguez, a singer/songwriter from 70s Detroit who basically fell off the face of the earth right when his music began to touch American hearts.

The AWOL Rodriguez became an overnight sensation in South Africa, thus a worldwide manhunt began to try and debunk his death find him. Searching For Sugarman touches all human emotions on a level that is difficult to describe. Upon the films ending, I wanted to join the search, to wander off and find this ghost of urbia who wrote and strummed such haunting and pretty songs. It just so happens that he is alive and well, and he’s touring.

About the author

Abandoned by his family as an infant, Jonathan was left on a doorstep in Romania and raised by other orphans on a steady diet of moldy bread and aurolac. He found his way to the states in the mid-80s and founded several underground publications such as Sports Illustrated and People magazine at the age of 11. Jonathan now lives in Austin with a bunch of other hip, white people.