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Rodriguez on World Cafe | December 17, 2012

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Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez has finally found the fame that had eluded him for more than four decades. In the early '70s, he achieved cult status in South Africa, while at home, he remained virtually unknown. His public obscurity sparked rumors that he'd killed himself, but while he was alive and well, he'd retreated from music, earning a philosophy degree while working as a demolition man.

Searching for Sugar Man is a film documentary which chronicles the efforts of two South African fans trying to piece together information about Rodriguez's life. They finally find the folk-rocker doing manual labor, unaware of his music's profound popularity abroad. In this World Cafe session, you'll hear from Rodriguez himself, as well as the producers of his records, the people who found him and the director of the documentary about how it all happened. (link)


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Rodriguez "Hate Street Dialogue" Cold Fact
Rodriguez "Only Good For Conversation" Cold Fact
Rodriguez "Inner City Blues" Searching For Sugarman
Rodriguez "Like Janis" Searching For Sugarman
Rodriguez "Cause" Searching For Sugarman
((Rodriguez “San Dreven Lullaby” Lifestyles))
Rodriguez "This Is Not A Song, It’s An Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues" Searching For Sugarman
Rodriguez "I Wonder" Searching For Sugarman
Rodriguez "I Think Of You" Searching For Sugarman
Rodriguez "Can’t Get Away" Searching For Sugarman
Rodriguez "I’ll Slip Away" Searching For Sugarman
((Rodriguez “San Drevan Lullaby” Lifestyles))
Rodriguez "Street Boy" Searching For Sugarman
Rodriguez "Crucify Your Mind" Searching For Sugarman
Rodriguez "Jane S. Piddy" Searching For Sugarman


Nick Drake "One Of These Things First" Bryter Layter
The Henry Millers "Mr. Flash Gordon" Daisies
The Henry Millers "Diamonds" Daisies
Suzanne Vega "Cassidy" Deadicated
The Head And The Heart "Lost In My Mind" The Head And The Heart
((Red Hot Chili Peppers “Breaking The Girl” Blood Sugar Sex Majik))
Erin Mckeown "The Jailer" Manifestra
Pj Harvey "Down By The Water" To Bring You My Love
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale "I Lost My Job Of Loving You" Buddy & Jim
Modest Mouse "Fire It Up" We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
((Vampire Weekend “Oxford Comma” Vampire Weekend))
Guards "Silver Lining" In Guards We Trust
Jenny Lewis "Carpetbaggers" Acid Tongue
John Kongos "He's Gonna Step On You Again" Super Hits Of The '70s
Passion Pit "Take A Walk" Gossamer
Todd Rundgren "All The Children Sing" Anthology (1968-1985)
((Phish “First Tube” Farmhouse))