Amoeba Co-Hosts Screening for Rodriguez Documentary ‘Searching For Sugar Man’

Posted by Billy Gil, July 13, 2012 12:28pm | Post a Comment
searching for sugar manAmoeba, Sony Pictures Classics and The Los Angeles Film School are teaming to host an advance screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Searching for Sugar Man, about elusive ’70s rocker Rodriguez, on July 24 at 8 p.m. You can get tickets July 24 at Amoeba Hollywood to attend the LA Film School screening, as well as pick up the soundtrack (preorder here), which comes out July 24, featuring Rodriguez cuts like “Inner City Blues” and “Sugar Man.” Sony Pictures Classics will release the film at the Landmark Theaters in Los Angeles this Friday, July 27th. Check out the film’s official Twitter and Facebook pages to receive additional movie release information.”
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (so named because he was the sixth child in the family) was the son of middle-class Mexican immigrants, born in Detroit in 1942. His music, which sounds a bit like Donovan with Cesar Chavez’s politics and psych touches, first was released in 1967 with the single “I’ll Slip Away” on small label Impact. From there, he released two albums on Sussex, Cold Fact (1970) and Coming from Reality (1971).  

rodriguezThough he didn’t make a huge splash in the U.S. and stopped releasing music once Sussex folded in 1975, his music gained fame in places like South Africa and Australia. With renewed buzz, he toured Australia in 1979 and again in 1981 with Midnight Oil. After fading once again into obscurity, the new millennium brought increasing notoriety. In 2002 DJ David Holmes placed his song “Sugar Man” on the mix album Come Get It I Got It, and “Sugar Man” was sampled in the Nas song “You’re Da Man,” from Stillmatic (2001). “Sugar Man” also appeared in the 2006 addiction drama Candy, with Heath Ledger, Abby Cornish and Geoffrey Rush. He ventured once again to Australia in 2007 to play a few shows. He has seen recent covers from singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph and South African band Just Jinger. And his two studio albums were re-released by Light in the Attic Records in 2009.

The film tells of two South Africans who set out to find their musical hero, whom some over the years believed had died or committed suicide. The film, from director Malik Bendjelloul, at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival won the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, all in the World Cinema – Documentary category. Searching For Sugar Man also recently won the Audience Award at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival in the Best International Feature category. And Bendjelloul also got 2nd place in the Audience Award – Documentary category at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

Rodriguez - I Wonder recorded live at Amoeba San Francisco.

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