Rodriguez Who??? The Man The Myth


(The media used on this site belong to Sixto Rodriguez the song above is called Sugarman from the album Cold Fact.)

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Detroit is a place where musicians live and fade away. This city is full of talent so much so that it should burst. Detroit is also full of slick record label owners and producers like leeches suck the gift out of artists and keep the profits then toss the artists away like bones from a chicken or steak. There is such a story about a Mexican-American man who could have been as big or bigger than Bob Dylan. In 1970, Sixto Rodriguez was used by a record label owner who wanted so much to be like Berry Gordy but he went about it the wrong way. My grandmother always said be careful how you treat people because what comes around goes around and that is what happened to this now defunct record label and owner. In my opinion, he is better than Dylan. He was rawer and real because he lived in the neighborhoods in Detroit. He saw the disparity in the people. He worked as a laborer doing demolition the part nobody else wanted to do the gritty nasty part. He may not of experienced all of what he sang and wrote about but he knew people who did that’s the difference between Dylan and Rodrigues. Rodriguez when you look at him during his video he is very humble and he is really not about the extravagance or fancy things in life. This story is about life and how crazy it can be. This writer and singer went on for years not knowing that his music was the backdrop for change in the country of South Africa and was very much a part of the demonstrations against apartheid also the inspiration to many music artists in that country who wanted to be heard. That record label owner may have kept royalties and other money pertaining to the two albums Cold Fact and Coming from Reality but he did not stop the most important part people who were fans came looking for him. These people searched even when there was a rumor about his apparent suicide in front of a crowd of people when the show did not go well. Many people in South Africa and abroad wondered what happened to Rodriguez he just simply went to work supporting his family working in construction and being an activist in his community and running for mayor. He was a very hard-working and ethical man and taught his daughters really great lessons and he doesn’t seem to hold any malice toward that record label owner who dogged him. I can go on about this honorable man but I want you to see this man’s story for yourself. Thanks to YouTube they put up a movie trailer for the documentary about Rodriguez called Searching For Sugarman but after the trailer the documentary will play so enjoy.

Just click on the link below.

https://youtu.be/i1tHfaqoVxo
If you want to know more about this remarkable man you can check out his official site by clicking on this link
http://sugarman.org/rodalbums.html
and you know how I love leaving videos here is one of Rodriguez singing I Wonder

What would You do Without Music




 

 

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What would you do without music? I ask myself that as a true music lover who believes that music is the back drop to our lives. I can remember times when music really provided a therapeutic respite for me whenever I was going through difficult situations that we get into. Music has been part of some really cool memories that I have had in my life. Music has truly been the back drop of my life ever since I can remember. How has it been part of your life?

“Music” in Your World!

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The music in my world plays a very Important part.   I was thinking about that as my daughter and I watched the Video Tape Motown 25. This was the music special where Michael Jackson debuted his back ward slide dance. He was taught this dance by Jeffrey Daniel  and another dancer. I remember the soul-train episode when Jeffrey and two other guys in their dance group did this dance. Apparently MJ saw the same show and wanted to learn the dance so he commissioned these men to teach him.  Mj really made this dance his own and called it the moon walk.   I also found it was a teaching time for my daughter because It was just amazing to see these performances again and to see how many of the participants in that show have passed away.  The M.C. Richard Pryor did say that the show was so spectacular that we would never see the likes of it again.  This was true. They don’t even play this in rerun on any channel.  This show was also a fundraiser for Sickle Cell Anemia.  It was petty nice.  I miss shows like that and educating my daughter about them made it really cool.  This was a musical show that really was a true celebration about music the Motown sound. Barry Gordy did something  that was very ingenious during his time and helped changed the course of music during that time he made history. Even now as I look forward at the music scene artists like Brown Mark and groups like Mazarati as well as independent groups like Funkilinuim are making strides to bring back music the way it used to be. Artists who believe in the true artistry of music and the pure talent of musicianship are using technology to recreate purity to the sound and to educate new artists about musical integrity and being responsible for your work and content along with how you want to be presented and seen as an artist. This is very important in the industry now because I can see it imploding on itself and self destructing. I guess only music purists and those seeking musical truth and artistry will understand what I mean.