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  • Published: [New York] : Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Classics ; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2013]
  • Year Published: 2013
  • Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Rated: PG-13

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  • 043396413665

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Call number: DVD 782.421 Se

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult

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Originally produced as a motion picture in 2012.

Special features: commentary with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez; making Sugar Man; an evening with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez; theatrical trailer.

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there to be dead, two fans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and journalist Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, decided to seek out the truth of his fate.

DVD; region 1; anamorphic widescreen (1.78) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.

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odd..but interesting

Strange story. Good documentary. How the heck did nobody know about this man? How the heck did he not know how popular he wzs in certain parts of the world.

Greatest Story

People have been telling me how good this was for awhile, and especially after it won the Oscar for best documentary, I really wanted to see it. Like everyone else out there, I am late coming to the party that is the amazingness of Rodriguez. This was such a terrific story. How is it possible that a man can play such a major role in bringing down one of the most oppressive governments around without even knowing it? How is it possible that someone can be a musical icon more influencial than Elvis or the Beatles and not even know it? How is it possible that this person, a singer-songwriter who is every bit as good as Bob Dylan, is living in a ramshackle house in downtown Detroit and virtually NO ONE in the U.S. even knew he was here? And how is it possible that amidst what might be the most fantastic story ever, the character whose story it is can remain kind, wise, and amazingly humble through it all?

This documentary was mostly filmed on an iPhone, and it is a phenomenal testament to the strange beauty of life and how talent and wisdom can exist in the least likely of places, how what we put out into the world can have a much larger effect than we realize, and how sometimes it can take nothing more than a little determination to make the best stories known. Everyone, especially Michiganders, should see this movie.


This documentary tells the tale of a true musical phenomenon. You can't make this stuff up. The the material was eloquently sewn together and presented. Grade A.

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